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 Posted: Sun Jun 30th, 2019 06:32 pm
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Paddy,

I hope this will help address your question.

Read the review I posted below.

It will demonstrate how, at times some people apparently try to go backwards...a tad. But it is a losing attempt.

I saw this show below...in 1981. It was Stunning. And I'm Irish. Didn't bother me. I loved it.

Review is from 1981 “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in NYC.

https://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/03/theater/theater-black-cast-stages-o-neill.html

This from the end of the Review…in 1981…yes…again...1981:

“The apparently endless CONTROVERSY of whether or not black actors should play so-called white roles should achieve some resolution after Miss Fitzgerald's impressive staging.”

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So...Are we going backwards in writing? Who in Theatre is behind promoting going backwards?


So...From the Review…in 1981…yes…1981...below is the final line:

“The apparently endless controversy of whether or not black actors should play so-called white roles should achieve some resolution after Miss Fitzgerald's impressive staging.”

(I love how the reviewer called it on-the-nose: "so-called white roles." In theatre, one can put the phrase "so-called" before every role!)

I think it is a temporary, manufactured, trivial kerfluffle. Created for what purpose? I have no idea.

Also, several years later I saw Jason Robards do the play on Broadway. As well as many other of Robard's in O'Neill plays.

Best IMR