L.A.'s Passing Is Strange

An article in the LA Times today talks with Stew and Heidi Rodewald about why their smart, funny, and widely acclaimed musical Passing Strange has yet to come to LA — even though it is where the two artists are from. I was shocked to learn about this hometown snub — it makes me want to take back all the nice things I said about LA theater in The Miami Herald last month. I know I’ve only been in town for a few weeks, but I am a second-generation Angeleno, so I will make some judgments here: I think LA still has a difficult time dealing with black artists who don’t mug their blackness. My friend Paul Beatty, the great writer, has also left the City of Angels behind him for more welcoming cities, like New York and Berlin (as has Stew). Feel free to argue.

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