Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Must see

About the show

Co-writer and performer Steven Prescod plays 32 different characters in this solo performance which tells the story of his coming of age in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. 

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by single mother, Steven's story is a tale of love, family, the streets, gang violence, and self-acceptance. Through  the CityKids Foundation, an excerpt of the show was performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which led to a production at the National Black Theatre and a tour of school performances. It is now the inaugural production of a new theatre, The East Village Playhouse.


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78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Energizing

See it if You want to see a young man tell his story with style, humor, grace & honesty. Nothing you’ve not heard before but it’s worth hearing again.

Don't see it if You’re racist or don’t have room for forgiveness in your heart.

92
Intense, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You want to experience the vast reservoir of talent and energy latent in inner city kids who with a bit of help can enhance society.

Don't see it if You want to miss an hour long tale created by a youth who raps and dances and monologues his story of redemption into our hearts and minds.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you'll enjoy an outstanding solo performance, including some intelligible rap and song

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo performances about life struggles in the inner city

Also This was an outstanding solo performance by the main character telling... Read more Read less

74
Heartfelt, Gritty, Visceral, Unpolished

See it if An energetic and talented young man tells about tense moments as he was able to rise out of his gang-prone Brooklyn neighborhood. 60 m

Don't see it if The script needs a dramaturge and his acting is very raw.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Amazing solo performance, Uniquely told story

See it if This young man performs maybe the best solo show I've seen. His ability amazes. If ur looking to catch someone who'll 1 day b a ☆, see this.

Don't see it if U dont want short play/kid rises from ghetto roots & all it's trappings story/solo show/need comfy theatre/cant appreciate life changing sho

Also Must be able to forgive a low budget. Show needs better tech aspects, ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one man shows, stories set in Brooklyn, coming of age stories, and performance art.

Don't see it if You dislike simply staged one man shows, one person acting out different characters, or stories set in the inner city.

Also Amazing performance and a very talented artist.

92
Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one-man shows where the narrator shifts between characters. You enjoy heavy memoirs.

Don't see it if You dislike choppy sound design or at times unnecessary dance breaks

100
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to witness real stories not made up rapper stories

Don't see it if You do not like one man shows

Also It was a wonderful surprise!

89
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if You like auto-biographical stories

Don't see it if You aren't comfortable being uncomfortable

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Unique, Heartfelt

See it if you like inspirational true stories

Don't see it if you dont like one person shows

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if It Is a fantastic perform, for one person

Don't see it if If you don't like a good show

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want to see an honest autobiographical story giving hope to people growing up in a challenging and deprived neighborhood.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this moving play!

83
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to really get into the history that makes us who we are.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows.

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Ghetto-fabulous

See it if if you like a solo show about a ghetto boy's journey from "the streets" and legal trouble to Christianity and redemption.

Don't see it if if you find ghetto lingo hard to understand or "urban" problems too poignant. If you prefer plays with comedy & romance, this isn't it.

Also The drama (which begins with his father) would be stronger if we learn... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like one person shows, truly talented young and fresh performers.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

85
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if one man telling his story. he tells the story by breaking into the people involved in a way that you feel they are there

Don't see it if no reason not to unless you have a problem following people played by one

69
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Profound

See it if You enjoy one man shows and want to get a story about the streets consuming our youth

Don't see it if You can’t sit for an hour

84
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to witness a deeply touching account of growing up poor in a rough neighborhood told masterfully by one person with many voices.

Don't see it if don't like small theaters, one character plays, prefer light-hearted entertainment

Also Steven Prescod is very talented and changes from one character to anot... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the experience of a POC growing up in Brooklyn. Very talented performer. Included elements of rap and dance.

Don't see it if If you don't like solo shows or tiny venues, or are not interested in the challenges faced by young African-American men in the city.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Inspiring

See it if You enjoy one-man shows, you want to hear a personal account of challenging yet inspiring life story.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in intimate one person shows.

Also Here is this brave young man and his mentor who helped him tell his st... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Steven prescod is masterful., Heartfelt., Relevant., Fine debut., Powerful.

See it if You want to be fully absorbed in bare-bones 1-hr show. Steven is a chameleon, fluid/graceful dancer & sings nicely as well. He's 1 to watch.

Don't see it if Dislike being inches from actor in the tiniest of space. Story's violent, graphic, painful, inspirational. U expect a full production.

Also It would be difficult not to be moved by Steven's story and his realiz... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if He sings, dances, raps and tells you about his shaky start to growing up with so much passion.

Don't see it if His entire life leading up to the very present is explained in 60 minutes.

Also Background projection did not work which I suppose could’ve made the p... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Great writing, Inspirational

See it if You want an honest, moving story of mistakes & 2nd chances. You enjoy plays that use dance & music to tell the story. You want hope & love.

Don't see it if You don't like 1-actor plays. You don't want to see a non-professional actor, though this is better than most.There's great work here.

91
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you'd like to understand a little bit better the trials that urban youth face, or believe in the power of theater to save a life (lives)!

Don't see it if you don't like 1-man shows -- even when that 1 man plays 32 different roles!

Also Steve Prescod is a gifted writer, a gifted rapper, a gifted dancer (wh... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained. You want to see a young man give a great performance with some great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't want to support an awesome performer and aren't interested in an inner city youths plight. You want to miss out on an awesome show

Also This young man is so talented. His delivery is amazing. I love how he ... Read more Read less


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