As Chris Jones was too tactful to do so, it’s left to tacky me to point out that the most exciting thing about Remy Bumppo’s new Artistic Director Timothy Douglas is not that he’s New York-based, not that he’s directed in Chicago before, not that’s worked at Yale and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville and the Taper Forum, but that he’s black. Eventually I trust we’ll get to a place where the color of a new artistic director’s skin will be no more interesting than the color of her hair; but we’re nowhere near that in this country, and certainly not in Chicago, which boasts a theater community as segregated as the city itself.
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