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Janet Suzman Plays Down "Theatre is White Invention" Comments


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Dame Janet Suzman, the 74-year-old actress who was quoted in The Guardian as saying theatre was in the DNA of white people but not others, has moved to play down the remarks. Dame Janet told the BBC that her comments were exaggerated and that the ethnicity of stage actors "doesn't matter."

Janet SuzmanJanet Suzman suggested that theatre was in "white DNA"

Originally, the Shakespearean actor was responding to Meera Syal's appeal to the theatre industry to cater for more Asian audiences.

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The Critics' Circle celebrates its centenary

Dame Janet Suzman - The Critics' Circle celebrates its centenary with a special event at the Barbican - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 7th May 2013

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Max Review


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Going into Max I knew nothing at all of what it was about. With such a title (and let's face it, a truly awful one at that), Max could have been a story about anything. The last thing I would ever have expected would be that it was a semi-fictionalized tale of a young Adolf Hitler after the close of WWI, when he was trying to make it as an artist.

The Max in question is Max Rothman (John Cusack), an amalgam of various art dealers and teachers who mentors the young Corporal Hitler (Noah Taylor) in the ways of art. Max himself is an artist too (an early performance artist, it seems, based on a bizarre skit seemingly inspired by Pink Floyd: The Wall) and sees potential in the young Adolf, urging him on while watching him grow more political as forces turn him in the direction he ultimately took. Their relationship is complicated by the fact that Max is a Jew (not to mention a one-armed cripple), the hatred of which becomes the centerpiece of Hitler's ideology.

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