Howard Sherman: US theatre is increasingly flipping the straight white perspective. / by David Hwang


The US will cease to be a majority-white populated country between 2040 and 2045 according to several reports on census population projection. But some recent plays may already be giving white audiences the feeling of what it’s like to be a minority, and receiving a lot of attention for their efforts.

At the Helen Hayes Theater, Straight White Men, written not-so-incidentally by Young Jean Lee, the first Asian-American woman ever to have a play on Broadway, is presented entirely within a picture frame. A gold inset at the bottom of it bears the title of the play.

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