OPERA: POLITICAL TO A FAULT

AN EARTHQUAKE ROCKS LOS ANGELES IN THE LATEST JOHN ADAMS- PETER SELLARS COLLABORATION, BUT THELIBRETTO IS WHAT CRASHES

I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, a new pop opera by avant-garde composer John Adams, radical black poet June Jordan, iconoclastic director Peter Sellars and 26 urban-graffiti artists, raises an interesting question: Is it possible to be so politically correct that one becomes politically incorrect? Or to put it another way, Are some groups of people so inherently villainous that it is perfectly acceptable to stereotype, ridicule and otherwise bash them?

Anyone who has followed American political discourse of late knows that the answer to both questions is yes -- as long as the bashee...

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