Yellow Face

Jan. 29—Feb. 23 $15–$65
Theater J
1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 777-3210
Comedy of mortification morphs into dramedy of mortality in David Henry Hwang’s quasi-autobiographical satire. The protagonist (listed in the program as DHH) is a playwright who’s written a play called M. Butterfly and whose bio more or less parallels that of the author, especially with regard to his activist role in the real-life brouhaha over the casting of Caucasian actor Jonathan Pryce, who used bronzer and eye prostheses to play the Eurasian Engineer (aka Tran Van Dinh) in Miss Saigon. Natsu Onoda Power’s production underlines ironies cleverly, with a gamely versatile cast offering not just sharply etched characterizations, but such amusingly on-point casting anomalies as a black Sen. John Kerry, a male Margaret Cho, and an Asian Lily Tomlin. [BM]

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