The brilliant “Yellow Face” is by David Henry Hwang, the writer of hit play “M. Butterfly” and the recent fiasco “Soft Power”. This immensely entertaining comedy drama tackles racial casting, identity, and culture wars stunningly. The cast under the direction of Robert Zimmerman is a revelation. The minimalist set works perfectly. Each has a “moment” that includes authentic tears from three cast members. Special kudos to Alfonso Faustino and Jennifer Vo Le. The plot starts with the controversy over casting a non-Asian actor in the role of the Eurasian pimp in Miss Saigon and takes twists and turns that keep the audience delighted. Weaving the character of DHH (David Henry Hwang) as the metamorphosis of changing attitudes towards casting and consequences is comical and thought provoking. The below clip is from an earlier production.
Yellow Face at the Beverly Hills Playhouse runs through September 23.