New York | 1h 0m | Ends May 26

The Day I Became Black

From 2 critic and 92 member reviews
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.




67
TheaterScene.net

“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 leading to a smooth presentation accompanied by adept technical elements...Posley has a winning presence, a charming delivery and is an accomplished storyteller." Full Review

95
Gia On The Move

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 a simple and effective way, Posley’s story will bring tears to your eyes and have you screaming with laughter. An hour of theatre you don’t want to miss!” Full Review


100
Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love the combination of laughter and heartache as told by an excellent storyteller.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with the subject of race in America today or you don't like one man shows.

Also Bill Posley has real talent - plus heart. Go see it. You won't be sorr... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoy a clever and powerful story of one young man's life and how race plays a role in it.

Don't see it if If you don't like real-life discussions about race in this country RIGHT NOW

100
Must see, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear how it feels to be bi-racial. AMAZING story & acting! We 100% loved it and wished all of our friends could see it!

Don't see it if you don't like 1-man shows or ignore how some people in our country are unfortunately still treated.

Also This show is often very funny but at some moments Bill Posley's pain a... Read more Read less

98
Great writing, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if enjoy funny, thought-provoking, relevant, moving one-man shows that explore the experience of being bi-racial in the US. It goes there.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable exploring racial issues. Don't enjoy small one-man shows essentially performed in a basement like atmosphere.

97
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You’d like to see honest first hand Insite into the life of a a biracial male (caramel complexioned).

Don't see it if You don’t care to see into the life of a mixed raced male.

Also This one man monologue touched things I never thought of. As a African... Read more Read less

97
Resonant, Profound, Hilarious, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like stand-up that moves beyond jokes to something truly moving & important. Deeply personal yet irreverent at times. So smart.

Don't see it if Actually, I think everyone should see it. It's powerful & much needed in our society. But it's also accessible, funny, and deeply human.

97
Entertaining, Funny, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want a hilarious first hand perspective of growing up biracial. I was touched by how he shared his political awakening to prejudice.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to racism and don't enjoy joking about it. Or feel self conscious and uncomfortable with exploring the race issue.

96
Intense, Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience Americas treatment of Black people, as told by an biracial American with the use of undeniable video footage

Don't see it if You want to hold on to the lie that every American has the same opportunities and rights

96
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be educated with truth and laughs that start at the beginning and carry thru the end!!

Don't see it if If You ARE closed minded and bigoted and cannot accept any opinions thru life experience but your own!!

95
Must see, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like off-color humor; seeing talented one man shows; and are open to the subject of bi-racial identify. It's a must see.

Don't see it if you're offended by off-color humor; you're a racist; you're a trump supporter; you don't like one-man shows; you prefer musicals.

94
Entertaining, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if want to spend 1 hour laughing about race relations and family dynamics.

Don't see it if don't like small spaces, looking for a light hearted show without social commentary. Not good for kids.

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

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.

93
Must see, Intelligent, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a show that deals with race in a hilarious but still meaningful way. Posley is really funny. He deserves an HBO special!

Don't see it if You are easily offended. Or think that there are some things we shouldn’t laugh at. If you don’t like one man shows this is not for you.

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

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

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

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great, entertaining and very intelligent depiction of someone living in both worlds of the racial divide.

Don't see it if you are prejudice

Also This actor is going places.

91
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if this is a must see show on biracial identities, very smart, very actual, and pertaining to all of us. MUST SEE

Don't see it if you refuse to deal with the reality of a multiracial world.

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.

91
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Good storytelling, dealing with real life issues

Don't see it if You can laugh at the absurd issues in every day life

91
Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if IF YOU WANT TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS OF BEING BI-RACIAL IN WHITE AMERICA.HE PRESENTS HIMSELF AS THE EXAMPLE SO YOU KNOW IT IS GENUI

Don't see it if IF YOU REALLY HAVE A THIN SKIN REGARDING RACE RELATIONS.

Also NE.HE REALLY HAS EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE LAUGHING THEIR A***S OFF.HE ... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Relevant, Moving, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want a poignant look at defining yourself racially

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows or are uncomfortable with discussions of race, including the n-word

90
Unique, Relevant, Edgy, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you remember the Eighties, you like to laugh, and you're willing to be pushed to rethink your views.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or if you're squeamish about frank discussions of racism and individuality.

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.


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