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Say goodbye to ‘The King and I’: ill-written relic should be left in the past

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” might take the cake when it comes to virtually fossilized, ethnocentric, and downright offensive pieces of American theatre. Maybe its “white savior” narrative and hyperbolic representation of Thai culture were considered all fine and dandy when this show debuted in 1951. But in our wanting-to-be-woke society of today, there was no justifiable reason for this show’s revival tour and subsequent stent at the Overture Center from Feb. 26 to March 3.  



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