Urbanite Theatre participate in tackles Asian stereotypes and Mickey Rooney

Actor J. Elijah cho portrays actor Mickey Rooney in his “Breakfast at Tiffany’s role” in his one-man show “Mr. Yunioshi.”

At a time when actors have to believe two times about whether it is proper to consider on a part dependent on their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and physical features, it might be gorgeous that the functionality of Mickey Rooney as a Japanese artist in the 1961 romantic drama “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” didn’t set off a lot more alarms from critics and viewers when it was introduced.

With thick glasses, buck tooth and slanted eyes, Rooney played Holly Golightly’s set-on landlord in a cartoonish “yellowface” design and style that lifted only some eyebrows at the time.

The New York Moments named the performance “broadly exotic” although The Hollywood Reporter reported Rooney “gives his customary all to the portion of a Japanese photographer, but the function is a caricature and will be offensive to many.”

It has only developed extra so more than the many years.

Actor Mickey Rooney’s role as the artist Mr. Yunioshi in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the subject of the one-man play “Mr. Yunioshi” at Urbanite Theatre.

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Actor J. Elijah Cho says he has experienced a prolonged and complicated connection with the enduring Blake Edwards film that starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. It induced him to check out the casting and what Rooney’s portrayal says about society’s watch of Asian People in his 1-male participate in “Mr. Yunioshi.” It will be introduced for a unique restricted engagement this week at Urbanite Theatre, followed by a different 7 days at St. Petersburg’s freeFall Theatre.