Top: Yellow Face. Bottom, from left: David Henry Hwang, Jane Krakowski, Michael Riedel, and Frank Rich.Photos: Joan Marcus (top); Getty Images; Patrick McMullan
Reading the reviews of David Henry Hwang’s new play, Yellow Face, which opened last night at the Public, we got intrigued by reviewers’ mentioning that a number of New York theater personalities make appearances in the play. Yellow Face, a comic drama about race in America built around Hwang’s own experience protesting the casting of Jonathan Pryce in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon, leaves few of its real-life participants unscathed, especially Hwang himself. Ben Brantley writes in the Times: “There’s an insider’s glee in impersonations of real denizens of the New York theater (from the producer Stuart Ostrow to the actress Jane Krakowski) by a protean cast.”
So who else makes the cut? Is your favorite New York theater personality represented? Maybe you’re in the play, and you didn’t even know it! After the jump, a complete guide to the New York theater personalities who show up in Yellow Face.
David Henry Hwang: The playwright, called “DHH” in the show.
Carla Chang: Actress and Asian activist.
Frank Chin: Playwright who called Hwang “a white, racist asshole.”
Margaret Cho: Comedienne whose sitcom Hwang was hired to make “more Asian.”
William Craver: Hwang’s agent at Paradigm.
Bernard Jacobs: Longtime president of the Schubert Theater.
Jane Krakowski: Actress; once appeared in Hwang’s play Face Value.
Vinnie Liff: The casting director for Miss Saigon.
Mark Linn-Baker: Actor; appeared in Hwang’s play Face Value.
Cameron Mackintosh: Superstar producer of Miss Saigon.
Miles Newman: Casting director.
Stuart Ostrow: Broadway producer, with credits including Pippin, 1776, and Face Value.
Joe Papp: Legendary Public Theater founder.
Frank Rich: Onetime New York Times lead drama critic, now op-ed columnist.
Michael Riedel: New York Post theater columnist.
Lily Tomlin: Actress who presented Hwang with his Tony.
B.D. Wong: Actor; star of Hwang’s M. Butterfly.
Wayman Wong: Theater writer for the New York Daily News.