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Jaime Gutierrez-Rodriguez

Tara Shioya replies: Such legal niceties might escape the notice of Gutierrez-Rodriguez, but San Francisco AIDS Foundation Executive Director Pat Christen's statement regarding Burk's outburst is legally sworn to be true and correct.

Racist Spot
I found Michael Scott Moore's review of Berkeley Rep's Macbeth ("Scot Free," Stage, March 5) to be offensive in the extreme. Since when is casting a black principal actor in a Shakespeare play a "deviation," as he calls it? It is no longer unusual to cast non-Anglo actors in Shakespeare, if it ever was, and to note the actors' race in such an insensitive way shows Moore's ignorance of the history of Shakespearean theater.

It is also sad and offensive to me that the critic chose to bring O.J. Simpson into his review, though the plot of Macbeth has no parallels to the Simpson trials. Is O.J. Simpson the only thing that comes to mind when Moore sees a black man? If so, perhaps he has some work to do on his own racism. If Moore wishes to discuss race in relation to Shakespeare, the least he could do is impart a little intelligence to the discussion rather than the offensive and flip comments he made in his review.

Melissa Kirk

Due to a transcribing error, Nancy Ware, the head of the upper school of San Francisco Day School, was misidentified in the April 9 Mulch "Lusty Teens Tangle in the Web." SF Weekly regrets the error.


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