Genuine 071311
Rated by 68 members
MsMarian
Review from MsMarian
18 events 4 reviews

Fascinating, poignant, powerful solo show.

reviewed Jul 07 2011 report as inappropriate
Linda
Review from Linda
14 events 4 reviews

Incredible--truly funny, touching, sad, and disturbing!

reviewed Jun 11 2011 report as inappropriate
Bobbi Bader
Review from Bobbi Bader
4 events 3 reviews

I read Not a Genuine Black Man for my book group several years ago and have wanted to see this show
ever since. I remembered the words from the book and was moved by Brian Copeland's performance, portraying not only himself but using the voice...continued

reviewed Apr 14 2011 report as inappropriate
missran
Review from missran
4 events 3 reviews

Outstanding. Funny, touching, genuine, and well worth seeing. Have thought about getting tickets to this for over two years. Glad I went now - there's only one weekend (two performances) left. Lots of laughs. GO NOW!

reviewed Jul 30 2011 report as inappropriate
Sarah
Review from Sarah
15 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
Beatrice Jett
Review from Beatrice Jett
5 events 3 reviews

We really enjoed it and thought he did a great job of telling his story. Some of it was funny and other parts very intense.

reviewed Apr 07 2011 report as inappropriate
Kathleen Johnson
Review from Kathleen Johnson
5 events 2 reviews

Brian Copeland is phenomenal in this one man autobiographical show. I would liken it more to performance art - it is a transformative experience. Brian inhabits the characters he portrays - in their voices, in how they move, in their emotional...continued

reviewed Jun 30 2011 report as inappropriate
mwieder
Review from mwieder
16 events 2 reviews

Brian Copeland does an amazing one-man show. I'm looking forward to his new production.

reviewed Jul 30 2011 report as inappropriate
Eharb
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
Janie Jensen
Review from Janie Jensen
7 events 2 reviews

I loved this event--I saw "Not a Genuine Black Man" once before and wanted to share it with someone special. It was even better the 2nd time around. It was funny, sad, and heart-touching. Brian Copeland was moving!

reviewed Jun 16 2011 report as inappropriate
marsha peterson
Review from marsha peterson
7 events 2 reviews

I thought this play had a lot of substance. In all he should be very proud of taking a difficult subject and making it funny and poignant. It was my first time at the Marsh and craning my neck up to see the performer was a little awkward.

reviewed Apr 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Monica Chen
Review from Monica Chen
12 events 2 reviews

This show changed my life!

reviewed May 19 2011 report as inappropriate
Ibukun Olayele
Review from Ibukun Olayele
6 events 2 reviews

This was a great experience. I enjoyed every moment of his performance. I felt like was watch a movie as he described the fifteenth scenes of his life.

reviewed Jul 09 2011 report as inappropriate
Lime Papaya
Review from Lime Papaya
10 events 2 reviews

Wonderful!! This performance was incredibly funny and also very powerful. Brian Copeland has been through a lot and he is a great storyteller. My friend and I were choosing between this show and another event that evening, but we were so glad we...continued

reviewed Jun 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Goldstar Member
Review from Goldstar Member
15 events 2 reviews

Wow:
What an intense and vulnerable performance. It was a wonderful recollection of growing up black in very segregated and racist San Leandro. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was a wonderful perspective on race and what it means to be a...continued

reviewed Mar 17 2011 report as inappropriate
Nancy Haskins
Review from Nancy Haskins
8 events 1 review

Brian Copeland really opened our eyes to the struggles of his Black family in the 1970's. Humor and tear jerking accounts. We loved it!
He is a great actor.

reviewed Jul 14 2011 report as inappropriate
jwheeler
Review from jwheeler
7 events 1 review

Brian is funny, insightful and a talented actor. His story was poignant, but not without much laughter. I recommend this performance to everyone. Thanks Goldstar, for making it more affordable for us.
Joan

reviewed Jul 09 2011 report as inappropriate
Eleanor Cohen
Review from Eleanor Cohen
4 events 1 review

Brian is great - It starts out very funny - lots of laughs - and develops into a very serious and sometimes heart-wrenching story - There is a lot to reflect on - concerning the history of prejudice here in our own area -

reviewed Sep 08 2011 report as inappropriate
Goldstar Member
Review from Goldstar Member
1 event 1 review

From start to finish this was entertaining, engaging and heart felt. There was definitely laughs and tears - not a one-note performance by any stretch of the imagination. Go see it, you will not be dissapointed.

reviewed Aug 27 2011 report as inappropriate
jmonk
Review from jmonk
2 events 1 review

Great show! We enjoyed it very much. The Marsh in Berkeley is a very small venue, but this created an intimate setting. We felt as being a part of his youth encounters with ignorant authorities and neighbors. We've lived in San Leandro for about...continued

reviewed Mar 31 2011 report as inappropriate