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The Day I Became Black

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Members say: Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he's "supposed" to be? Hear Bill Posley weigh in on the modern-day conversation about race from a unique perspective. More…

Biracial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he's half white, he's labeled 100% black.



Member Reviews (100)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever
86
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing, Moving, Clever

See it if you'd like an intellig, funny, touching examin of race in America. Cross bet stand-up & theater. Engrossing. Some video. Charismatic Posley.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with topic of race. Some explicit language. Barebones stage, except for video screen. Some audience participation.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You like comedy with a strong social message. Smooth stand up style mixed with a personal story that’s unfortunately too relevant.

Don't see it if You don’t want your entertainment to have any sort of social conscience.

73
Raunchy, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if If you want to see as nother play on race, to be black with discrimination. Some funny parts to it.

Don't see it if If you dont want strong language or another play about racr. Some parts were very amateurish.

83
Genuine, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if u want an honest, thoughtful & very funny stand-up memoir exploring America's racial identity obsession, w/equal laughs & social commentary.

Don't see it if u don't want an intimate theatre experience (in a basement cabaret/bar space); u bury your head in the sand when it comes to race in America

90
Absorbing, Intense, Funny, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about race from an unique viewpoint w/a mix of serious commentary & hilarious comedy. You want an A+ performance.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable w/discussions of race & some raunchy content. You don't want comedy mixed with social commentary.

91
Must see, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Delightful, Clever

See it if adorable young men with big hearts make you want to listen because it's a great chance to learn and laugh while you are doing it.

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows in crowded venues. But once he moves to a bigger space you have no excuse.

72
Myopic, Slow, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Native one explains it all for you.

Don't see it if Myopic premise. Naive. Vacuum culturalism. No parent to offer a generational caution or concern?

94
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like great one man stand ups that deal with racial and life issues from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You seriously think like Trump

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You are interested in racial and/or identity issues. If you enjoy plays which make you think and face difficult racial issues.

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to racial or identity issues. If you are bothered by non-pc narratives. If you prefer happy easy plots.

88
Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Interested in the difficulties of a young man coming to terms with his biracial identity. Told with humor, sensitivity & charm by Posley.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with racial issues; some scenes of police brutality near the end might be jarring.

Also Excellent use of video footage.... Read more Read less

90
An absolute must-see / highly recommended, Poignant / thought-provoking / moving / absorbing, Hilarious / relevant / bit edgy & intense / resonant, Original / refreshing / well-written / great stand-up

See it if you enjoy stand-up & would be cool w/a thoughtful 1hr show (along w/the expected laughter). Surprisingly moving, helped by video-projection.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable w/extremely tight (claustrophobic) bars where you're practically sitting on each other's laps. Go anyway. Seriously.

Also So far...... Read more Read less

80
Appealing, Relevant, Perceptive, Excellent presentation, Very funny

See it if you like solo shows, in-depth exploration of racism in America, witty/funny writing, appealing personality & superb presentation.

Don't see it if dislike solo shows and favor pure entertainment & "fluffy" plays rather than an analysis of race issues in the United States.

80
Relevant

See it if Comedy / personal realization of society's assumptions of Blackness onto him despite his internal, more nuanced sense of identity.

Don't see it if Images of Black people getting shot are triggering. Discussions of being Black/White isn't your thing. No acknowledgment of non-Black/Whites

Also Free ticket from Show Score.... Read more Read less

93
Thought-provoking, Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if Part stand up comedy, part sociology, all authentic. Bill Posley takes us on an incredibly personal and yet entirely universal journey. Do

Don't see it if yourself a favor and catch this show before it gets big. You'll be able to say you saw it when.

74
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Poignant

See it if you're drawn to the compelling, timeless, deeply personal topic of racial identity—esp when it's one imposed on you vs how you see yourself.

Don't see it if you'd be uncomfortable hearing of & seeing graphic examples of racist behavior; you expect theatre setting; this is in a tiny, cramped bar.

92
Honest, Hilarious, Great writing, Required-reading, Thought-provoking

See it if You are an American. Full stop. This should be required reading for anyone living in the United States.

Don't see it if You are extremely uncomfortable with frank discussion about race. But, for real, Bill Posley makes it as comfortable as possible.

Also "I just wanna say, white people, it's okay to laugh man, alright? Blac... Read more Read less

87
Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny and serious

See it if to see issues of race/racism & identity presented in an accessible way. Serious topics handled with sensitivity. Posley very engaging.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows. If you don't want to deal with heavy issues of race (but give this a chance). Some abrupt changes of tone.

88
Funny, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are in touch with reality and social happenings, to see a funny show, to learn something new, to support this young man & his cause

Don't see it if You are racist, out of touch with reality, expect a "Bway" venue, want comfortable seats, expect fancy setting. Can't understand identity.

Also Bill has a story to share and shares it in a unique and wonderful way.... Read more Read less

79
Guarded, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you'd like a personal story by a funny, inclusive, self-effacing storyteller that takes rather measured risks to challenge us but not offend

Don't see it if you're not interested in the current state of every day racism in this country or open to a dialogue about walking the middle ground

Also Bill seemed considerate, open and generally ( maybe not always) honest... Read more Read less

93
Great presentation, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh so hard your ribs hurt. There is one serious piece near the end but ultimately finishes with yet another laugh

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional comedy - this is certainly not that

91
Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Excellent job of mixing humor with a message. Very honest with lots of self-deprecating humor. Really likable guy.

Don't see it if Just see it. Two days later I'm still thinking of some of the funnier moments and laughing.

82
Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want racism explained. Want to understand what it is like to be biracial. The jokes and media are great. He did a great job!

Don't see it if You are offended by jokes about race. Or feel that comedy shows are your thing.

79
Relevant, Fluffy, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Adorable one-man show about how it feels to be biracial in America--light but questioning.

Don't see it if the ending was powerful and left the audience ready for discussion, but overall wish it was less a comedy show and more poignant.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if you want to understand some of the difficulties of being bi-racial today, want to laugh,don't mind strong language and racial humor

Don't see it if if you're offended by strong language & racial humor, aren't interested topics involving racial discrimination

Also Posley uses his life growing up bi-racial as the foundation for his st... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy smart solo comedy about race and identity. A Sensitive and honest performance

Don't see it if You want a big broadway production or shy away from the depressing reality of how hard it can be to be Black in America


March 24th, 2019
“A personal, historical and vivid exploration of race relations in the US is the goal here. Unfortunately, it goes off on tangents...The piece’s dramatic achievements are diluted by the tiresome diversions...Director Bente Engelstoft positions Posley with as much verisimilitude as possible leadin...
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June 11th, 2018
for a previous production “An astounding solo performance about growing up bi-racial in America. Posley is an incredibly charming and natural performer, and he warns us straight up: white people, you may get offended...Funny, engaging, and effortlessly talented...Told honestly and with incredible humor, and using video in...
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