(from the Economist, 8/5)

It has only been a matter of days since the announcement that Lauren Ambrose, best known for her acclaimed run on the television series "Six Feet Under", will take on the role of Fanny Brice in Bartlett Sher's much anticipated 2012 Broadway revival of "Funny Girl". But there are already grumblings in theatre circles that Ms Ambrose, with her fiery red hair and bright green eyes, is too gentile to play the iconic Jewish part. Broadway sources have confirmed that Ms Ambrose has since been dismissively dubbed a "shiksa goddess".


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