Hoon Lee's work in Yellow Face lands on NY Times - 25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America’

Hoon Lee's brilliant portrayal as DHH (David Henry Hwang) in the 2007 satirical play Yellow Face has landed the work into the New York Time's list of the top 25 best American plays since Angels in America. To read the full list, click here.

“But guys, does he — ? Does he look Asian to you?” the white producer asks.

“What do you mean, ‘look Asian’?” DHH asks, offended, and digs in.

Race, heritage and the slipperiness of cultural identity have long been at the core of Mr. Hwang’s plays. In “Yellow Face,” he blends comic fantasy with memoir to examine the way Americans tiptoe around conversations about race, and the brutal damage that xenophobia can wreak.

Bigotry in the theater comes in for special attention, including the notorious “Miss Saigon” casting controversy of the early 1990s. In this scene, DHH talks on the phone with a fictional version of the Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong.

The oops moment in the bracingly satirical “Yellow Face” happens when DHH, a fictional stand-in for the playwright, accidentally casts a white actor in an Asian role. - NY Times

Hoon Lee as David Henry Hwang in  Yellow Face  

Hoon Lee as David Henry Hwang in Yellow Face 

Alban Murati