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July 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

‘Mikado’ is great musical comedy

White actors play Japanese roles in the production of “The Mikado.”

I disagree greatly with columnist Sharon Pian Chan’s “Yellowface in your face” [Opinion, July 13] criticism of the current Gilbert and Sullivan production of “The Mikado” at the Bagley Wright. At last Saturday’s matinee performance, I sensed absolutely no disrespect for things Japanese, just like I have sensed no disrespect for things British in the themes that come up in other great Seattle Society Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

A roast works best when you admire what you’re roasting, and this production was supposed to be, and is, “innocent merriment,” musical comedy at its best.

I’ve seen the whole canon by the Seattle Society (yes, all 14 operettas), and this production was the best of them all.

Chan sadly missed the point when she concluded that this “Mikado opens old wounds and resurrects pejorative stereotypes.”

Michael Macdonald, Redmond

Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: Asian Americans, Bagley Wright, Gilbert and Sullivan

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