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re: The New York Times: Racism and theatre, then and now
Last Edit: den 11:35 pm EDT 11/05/22
Posted by: den 11:22 pm EDT 11/05/22
In reply to: re: The New York Times: Racism and theatre, then and now - singleticket 09:28 pm EDT 11/05/22

I’m a fan of McWhorter’s. I’m not sure what I think about this particular observation on theater, but I find myself agreeing with many of his pieces on language (which is his specialty).
As a white kid watching the Tony awards way back in the days of The Wiz and Dreamgirls, I was always impressed by how inclusive the Tonys seemed to be of performers of color, as opposed to, say, the Oscars. More recently, I was surprised by how targeted the theater community has been about not being sufficiently inclusive. I always thought that NY theater, Broadway and off, did a pretty good job at diversified representation, but I acknowledge I’m writing from a white privileged perspective. And while I applaud the efforts being made to consciously address inclusivity, I’m not sure those efforts have been successful, either artistically or commercially.
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