Should #MeToo rob us of art? (on a theater adaptation of Oscar Wao)

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When it’s two degrees of separation from Junot Díaz, a Seattle theater makes a choice. A review by Florangela Davila for Crosscut.

Actor Elvis Nolasco delivered an especially remarkable performance at the Center Theater playhouse on Friday night. Remarkable because when #MeToo slams your soul, the show must go on.

The play is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which has garnered Nolasco accolade after accolade for playing more than 20 different Dominican and Dominican American characters. The show profoundly speaks to the actor because he, too, is Dominican and he relied, in part, on family members to help him figure out how to act out some of the characters.

But as of Friday morning, the show is now stained by the news that author Junot Díaz — whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was the play’s source material — is the latest public figure to face 

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