Marilyn Pittman's It's All the Rage: Darkly Funny Story of Family Tragedy
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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 Tanya Grove
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It's an incredible story told with great intensity. But even though it was her own story, it felt like an actress playing her part, and not terribly convincingly. There were many good parts, but the scene near the end when she speaks in two voices didn't work for me at all. Her child voice was almost comical, which detracted from the poignancy.
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The Marsh is proud to present Marilyn Pittman's It's All the Rage. Pittman developed It's All the Rage as one of six artists invited to join The Marsh's second Performance Initiative in 2009. She performed the show to sold-out houses and standing ovations as part of the Festival of New Voices II in June of this year.
In 1997, Pittman’s identity as a stand-up comic, UC Berkeley educator and NPR talent consultant was shattered by the sudden murder-suicide of her parents. The Pittmans were a normal mid-western family. Dad was a World War II hero, Mom was a poet and editor of her college yearbook and they had been married for almost fifty years before their shocking deaths. It was a family of big personalities doing daring things and laughing a lot, from penny carnivals in the backyard to wild rides on mountain passes. As her mom would say, “We had a lot of fun!” And they did. Hard as it was to reconcile this tragedy with her family memories, Pittman, a well-known Bay Area comic, has a knack for mining humor out of dark truths. The show, at once murder mystery and survival tale, is both uproariously funny and heartbreakingly sad.
Pittman emerged from the San Francisco gay comedy scene during the AIDS era. She made her name at Josie's Cabaret in San Francisco's Castro district, performing countless headliner sets as well as her two solo shows 'Thank You For Sharing' and 'But Enough About You.' LGBT audiences from Provincetown to Anchorage rolled in the aisles at her wild and funny takes on right wing fundamentalists, personal ads, gay sex, lesbian relationships (including her own) and an assortment of annoying self-help books. She is a G.L.A.A.D. Media Award winner from that time for her work as an 'out' comic.