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re: NYTimes Injets Race Into Review -- and Omits Key Facts 
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 11:11 am EDT 04/21/21
In reply to: re: NYTimes Injets Race Into Review -- and Omits Key Facts  - Michael_Portantiere 10:35 am EDT 04/21/21

The characters here are extremely specific, if only because we know who they are. They are such thinly-veiled versions of Jason Robert Brown and his ex-wife that she sued him over it, which forced a delay and a change in circumstances with the original production and forced him to make changes to the piece to make it slightly less specifically them, or, more likely, slightly less specifically her.

But, even with all of that back story, I see no reason why actors of any race, or even any gender, should play these roles. I think it might be very interesting to see a woman cast as Jamie, even though, obviously, it wasn't written for that.

When RENT was produced for that awful live/not live television production, an actor of color was cast as Mark, also an extremely specific character who also happens to be Jewish. Did anyone have issues with that? Of all the issues that most people had with that production, I don't recall anyone saying "But Mark has to be white." I'm not seeing a lot of difference here, except that Jamie references his Jewishness more.
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