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Micro Review: Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment

out of the comments/into the light

By Lisa Radon September 6, 2009

Our Editor-in-chief Randy Gragg wrote following micro review of The Shipment at PICA’s TBA:09 Festival in the comments on another Culturephile post. I decided to let it get some air in its own post:

Randy: FYI, Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment stands among my top 5, maybe #1, TBA experiences ever. This Pullman-raised, Korean playwright’s exploration of racial stereotypes was like watching the love-child of Michael Jordan and Bill T. Jones do triple lutzes through an Iraqi minefield for a backboard-shattering reverse dunk. Never have I laughed so hard while squirming so uncomfortably my own stews (or, appropos of Douglas Scott Streeter’s opening monologue, "poop pile") of white, liberal self-denial. From the opening dance to to a shining acapella "spiritual" of modern black life to the final comedy of manners, it was as polished as anything I’ve ever seen at TBA and dangerous as a razor.

Interview with Young Jean Lee

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