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re: James Ijames-directed Fairview in Philadelphia (major spoilers)
Posted by: student_rush 12:28 pm EDT 06/20/22
In reply to: James Ijames-directed Fairview in Philadelphia (major spoilers) - mikem 09:54 am EDT 06/20/22

The ending is the cherry on top of the "college thesis masquerading as mature theatre" ... it only ever reveals how few audience members of color have come to see the show. And this is purportedly the white audience/subscribers' fault? In New York, I (white male) saw the play with my friend (black female) and she HATED the feeling of isolation that accompanied the removal of the white audience. In Brooklyn at TFANA, there were maybe twenty POC audience members, all being gawked at by the horde of white audience members gathered onstage. I understand the goal is to recontextualize the role of the white gaze, but I think it falters and fails at every step of the playwright's execution.
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