Friday, November 21, 2014

honky

Tonight, here in San Diego, I watched the play "Honky" at the San Diego Repertory Theater. It's a play about race, and specifically about co-opting "ghetto" culture to market to white people. (Like, if it's been legitimated by black people, then it must be cool.)

It was nicely done and funny. But it didn't feel nearly as edgy as I was expecting. The artistic director came out and said a few words beforehand--she said to prepare to be challenged--but I have to confess I didn't feel all that challenged. I didn't feel uncomfortable as I watched.

Which makes me wonder what would feel like an edgy play about race. I'm not sure yet.

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