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55 Star Starred
The Hayworth Mainstage Theater
2511 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90057
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 13 members
Review from Joseph Powell
8 events 6 reviews

This was a great birthday gift from my lovely wife. Amazing--very funny and poignant. Brian Copeland, through his performance, makes you feel each and every character and situation depicted. The simplicity of the stage set is very...continued

reviewed Sep 16 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Fana Babadayo
Red Velvet 96 events 31 reviews

Brian Copeland is a great storyteller, and there's nothing more riveting to me than listening to first-hand stories. His tales were replete with bitter truths and bracing humor. I wasn't sure if the nearly bare "black box" was going to work, but...continued

reviewed Sep 16 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Selma
11 events 7 reviews

Bryan Copeland is a great story-teller, but some of his stories could have been shortened considerably. I love theatre, attend a LOT of theatre, and usually enjoy it. Have to say I got bored by the lengthy tales that I know all too well. There...continued

reviewed Feb 17 2010 report as inappropriate
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Not A Genuine Black Man’s most recent run, at San Francisco’s Off-Market Theatre, won Goldstar’s Roar of the Crowd award.
“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

Description

Not a Genuine Black Man was written and is performed by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford.  Brian Copeland’s first solo show, Not a Genuine Black Man, has been so successful it has also been turned into a book which was released in paperback last year.  Now, by popular demand, the show that opened the Hayworth three years ago is returning to move audiences once again during a time when race and perception is once again at the forefront of America’s consciousness.

Broadway is calling this multi-talented genius Copeland’s tour-de force, revealing a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In 1971, a major national magazine named San Leandro as one of the most racist suburbs in America, resulting in congressional hearings.  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, Copeland explores how surroundings make us who we are.

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