Not a Genuine Black Man: Longest-Running Show in Bay Area History at the Marsh Berkeley
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The last date listed for Not a Genuine Black Man was Saturday September 24, 2011 / 5:00pm.
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With her 10th solo play, the incomparable Marga Gomez --winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best Comedian designation, L.A.'s Ovation Award and a New York Drama Desk Award nomination -- proves again that few can so effectively pack as many characters into a solo show as this talented actor. The author and performer of works like Long Island Iced Latina and Los Big Names, Gomez now presents Lovebirds, a riveting portrait of incurable romantics chasing their hearts' diverse desires -- including a macho maitre d' who's in love with a tone-deaf singer, and Polaroid Phillie, the nightclub photographer who documents it all. Gomez has amused and amazed audiences on both coasts with her richly imagined characters and hilarious insights, all of which are on full display in Lovebirds. Learn More
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This is a very moving account of growing up in a racist community, seen through the eyes of the performer as a young child as he gradually grows up and learns to make his way through the maze of constraints and obstacles he is faced with. It was...continued
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Not a Genuine Black Man has been a hit at venues around the Bay Area and beyond. See Goldstar reviews of the show’s run at the Marsh San Francisco.
“A beautiful mix of wry humor and heartbreak, indignation and inspiration, a singular story of extreme isolation that speaks to anyone who’s ever felt out of place.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Engaging… Copeland knows how to spin a dramatic yarn.” —The New York Times
“Copeland’s ability to captivate an audience rivals many a celebrated solo predecessor, from Ruth Draper to Spalding Gray to Whoopi Goldberg.” —Los Angeles Times
Brian Copeland’s hit show visits his home turf in the East Bay. The longest running solo show in San Francisco history, the play reveals a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. Congressional hearings were held. The next year, the then eight-year-old Brian Copeland and his African-American family moved to San Leandro. In a monologue that’s both funny and poignant, Brian explores how surroundings make us who we are.