Not a Genuine Black Man: Longest-Running Show in Bay Area History
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The last date listed for Not a Genuine Black Man was Saturday April 13, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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With the book Lean In making a splash in 2013, the topic of women and success is just as fresh and current as it was in the 1980s, when Caryl Churchill wrote Top Girls in response to Margaret Thatcher's ambitious rise to power in the UK. Called "the best British play ever from a woman dramatist" by The Guardian, Top Girls follows Marlene, a ruthlessly ambitious career woman, who has seized every opportunity to make it to the top. In the play's famous opening scene, she celebrates her big promotion at a surreal dinner party whose guests are famous women from history and myth. After this celebratory moment, Top Girls changes course to show the cost of Marlene's ambitions. When a young relative shows up unannounced at her workplace, Marlene must examine what the next generations of women will gain (or lose) from the choices she made in her rush to the top. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from linda sims
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This show ran 700 times to largely sold out shows. I am not the first to recommend it.
Strong show. I prefer to laugh than to learn, but there were laughs. I am glad I didn't have to learn more about prejudice the hard way.
Quotes & Highlights
- In addition to the Marsh in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/san-francisco-ca/not-a-genuine-black-man">San Francisco</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/berkeley-ca/not-a-genuine-black-man">Berkeley</a>, the show was also a hit with Goldstar members in its run at the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/san-francisco-ca/not-a-genuine-black-man-1.html">American Conservatory Theater</a>.
- "Copeland is a winning, magnetic performer who knows how to work an audience ... 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." --<em>San Francisco</em><em> Chronicle</em>
- “Copeland’s ability to captivate an audience rivals many a celebrated solo predecessor from Ruth Draper to Spalding Gray to Whoopi Goldberg ... Copeland is a genuine discovery.” --<em>Los Angeles Times</em>
- “Engaging ... Copeland knows how to spin a dramatic yarn.” --<em>The New York Times</em>