Yellow Face Reviews

Yellow Face by R. Sheth

Windy City Times
By Jonathan Abarbanel
June 29, 2011

In Yellow Face, playwright David Henry Hwang exhibits his characteristic flare for structural and emotional mechanics. He incorporates a play-within-a-play, has actors taking multiple roles and mixes real and fictional characters caught up in both real and fictional events.

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Yellow Face by R. Sheth

Chicago Reader
By Tony Adler
June 22, 2011

Hwang shows up as a character (played by David Rhee), and a big part of what makes the ambivalence fascinating is his willingness to apply it to himself. Sometimes portrayed sympathetically, Hwang is just as often exposed as a damned fool. Steve Scott's production is smart and strong...

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David Henry Hwang’s metatheatrical take on color and culture has an appealing tint by R. Sheth

TimeOut Chicago
By Kris Vire
June 20, 2011

Hwang’s mix of characters creates its own witty comment on color-blind casting: Public figures such as Sen. Fred Thompson and producer Cameron Mackintosh are played by an Asian-American woman (ensemble member Tanya McBride) without our blinking an eye. Scott’s clean, spare staging is paced effectively...

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Yellow Face by R. Sheth

Talkin' Broadway
By John Olson
June 20, 2011

[The] thoughtful philosophy and relevance of the topic of racial stereotyping and profiling make Yellow Face well worth the time. Scott's direction and cast [...] give the script a top-drawer reading. Tom Burch's simple but elegant Asian-influenced unit set and Matt Guither's smart costumes of business attire add to the production's sophistication and class.

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Yellow Face Recommended by R. Sheth

Newcity Stage Chicago
By Brian Hieggelke
June 18, 2011

There is so much nuance and device at work in this play that the whole thing could easily become a trainwreck, but it’s a testament to the strength of Hwang’s writing, Steve Scott’s assured directing and the multitalented cast—especially the energetic David Rhee as DHH—that it instead turns into one of the finest rides I’ve had in the theater in a long while.

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