Dan Hoyle's Solo Show The Real Americans Explores Small Town America at The Marsh
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The last date listed for Dan Hoyle's The Real Americans was Saturday April 9, 2011 / 8:30pm.
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In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show Not a Genuine Black Man, beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts three memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story follows six-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the coveted present, a jewelry box at the local White Front store. Not a Genuine Black Man broke records as the longest running solo show in San Francisco history and brought Copeland critical acclaim as one of the city's most talented and engaging solo performers. Learn More
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Featured review from Mark Freeman
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Dan Hoyle is a local gem. This show was almost as good as Tings Dey Happen, his amazing one-person recreation of time spent in Nigeria. Only minus: the songs he sings are not up to par. Doesn't matter, he brings folks to life, the most hilarious of which is a table of SF hipsters at brunch. The audience was squirming but couldn't stop laughing.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Mr. Hoyle is both a first-rate reporter and actor.” --The New York Times
- “Hoyle has a gift for mime and vocal mimicry that recalls solo artists John Leguizamo, Sarah Jones or Lily Tomlin.” --San Francisco Chronicle
- “Hoyle is a remarkable actor capable of transforming his voice and body in an instant." --Oakland Tribune
- Dan Hoyle's previous show Tings Dey Happen won Goldstar's Roar of the Crowd award twice. See member reviews at The Marsh and the Marines Memorial Theatre.
The Marsh is proud to announce the world premiere of Dan Hoyle’s new solo show, The Real Americans. After traveling the globe for his first play, Circumnavigator, and studying Nigerian oil politics for his third, Tings Dey Happen, this time Hoyle is back in the United States, turning his eye and ear on America’s culture wars. Fleeing the liberal bubble of San Francisco and his hipster friends, Hoyle spent 100 days traveling through small-town America in search of some tough country wisdom and a way to bridge America’s urban/rural divide. Instead, Hoyle found himself immersed in the populist anger of the people whom Sarah Palin famously described as The Real Americans and awed at the disconnect between Obama Nation and Palin Country. Portrayed with humor, sympathy, confusion, angst, and song, this vivid performance challenges the audience to move beyond their bafflement and engage with the future of a politically polarized America.