Venue Details

202 Star Starred
The Marsh Berkeley
Between Shattuck and Oxford 2120 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 63 members
Review from Sarah
11 events 3 reviews

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

reviewed Apr 07 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Barry R.
Red Velvet 131 events 89 reviews

Not all of it was understandable even in the 2nd row as Brian kind of veered this way and that way but otherwise well done. Too bad the seats in the Berkeley Marsh are flat hard and not raised row by row!

reviewed Mar 24 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Eharb
4 events 2 reviews

great show a must see for all ethnicities. The theatre however was very cold & the metal seats were very noisy.

reviewed Feb 18 2011 report as inappropriate
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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.

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