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Theatre

So bad I wanted to escape: An Octoroon reviewed

30 June 2018

9:00 AM

30 June 2018

9:00 AM

Intriguing word, ‘octoroon’. Does it mean an eight-sided almond-flavoured cakelet? No, it’s a person whose ancestry is one eighth black. New Yorker Branden Jacobs-Jenkins wants to explore this factoid in his farce An Octoroon, which opens with an angry African-American playwright delivering a comic monologue. He tells us a story about ‘my shrink’.

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