< "The only rationale for it is that someone in New York believes Huck Finn can't be played by an African-American. I thought we were past the days of 'whites only' clauses," the elder Frisby said. >
Well, yes, and it is just as easily said that a white guy can't play Jim either. (Well...there is blackface, but...ummm ask Ted Danson.
The play could become a real farce if all the black actors played whites in whiteface and the whites played balcks in balckface. I just can't quite figure out what kind of a message that would send.