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A Brooklyn Boy

From 2 critic and 87 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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.  More…

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.



85
Theater In The Now

"The amazing one-man show...Includes dozens of voices and much vibrant dancing...The energy in The East Village Playhouse is powerful indeed...Amazing dancing was happening right in front of my eyes...In accordance with the mission of City Kids, I will post that young people are encouraged to see this show. I have a few young New Yorkers I am telling about this fine production. Prescod's ability to sing, dance, and play upwards of 30 roles for an hour is a joy to behold." Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

"Prescod impresses with his natural stage presence, his ability to transform himself into a gallery of characters...He commands the stage, never losing our attention...Nevertheless, the text could use some additional work. Prescod's relationship with his mother would benefit from additional fleshing out...It would be interesting to learn how acting helped him turn his life around...'A Brooklyn Boy' flies by, coasting on Prescod's natural charisma and solid technique." Full Review


100
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you can spend an hour in E.Village experiencing brilliantly written and executed, real, 1-man 1-act autobio drama dance with comedic moments

Don't see it if you reside/work more than 2 hours from E. Village, have no other plans in Manhattan on show day, and are short of time; else, you must see

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a very riveting show and a very talented young man.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the trials and tribulations of inner city youths.

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are inspired by seeing a true story about a young artist prevailing against all odds.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows in intimate spaces with challenging, real, contemporary subject matter.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if You would enjoy seeing a very talented young man perform the roles of several people while telling his story through monologue/song/dance.

Don't see it if You need comfortable seating. Folding chairs are crammed into this tiny space and at times to was impossible to see the performer.

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!

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

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!

97
Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see an absolutely amazing performance by a young man who is equally as good at writing as he is at performing

Don't see it if you are not interested in hearing the story of a young man's journey through life, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if YOU WANT TO SEE A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG BLACK MAN AND HIS EXPERIENCES WHILE GROWING UP IN THE HOOD.TOTALLY BELIEVABLE AND VERY MU

Don't see it if IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT BEING BLACK IN BEDSTY.GROWING UP WITHOUT A FATHER AND BEING SCARED TO BE YOURSELF FOR FEAR OF NONACCEPTANCE

Also CH THE SAME WAY MANY OF US GREW UP.HIS CHARACTERIZATIONS WERE ALL TOP ... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show that is filled with enthusiasm done by a young, sincere, motivated performer

Don't see it if You are not into hip-hop and rap

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want the genuine, real thing -- an honest, serious, and talented Brooklyn boy, telling us his gripping and heartfelt life story.

Don't see it if you don't mind missing the 34 characters played by a young and proud black actor sharing his inspiring story.Bring a youth with you, or two.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great singing, This compelling one-man piece is a tour de force performance. a star is born!

See it if You're "woke" or want to be; this will show you how the mean streets can trap a good boy and almost ruin his life. .And question assumptions

Don't see it if You have no interest in the reality we are all living through in today's world. But I consider it a must-see.

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want a truthful representation of a life that could have gone TOTALLY WRONG..BUT TURNED RIGHT!!

Don't see it if YOU WANT JUST LAUGHS TOTALLY!! NOT FOR YOU! THIS IS NOT SLAPSTICK!

92
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if Superb acting and an amazing story by a relatively unknown talent.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy one man shows. Can't appreciate others personal struggles and triumphs.

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.

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

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

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like shows where you are exposed to another side of real life, thoughts and perspectives that are likely very different from your own.

Don't see it if You don't like a small, intimate theater experience.

Also I really enjoyed the show and would highly recommend it. I found it a ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intense, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to hear about what it's like to grow up in Bedstuy, about choices, and what's it like to a dark skinned person in NYC

Don't see it if you don't like intimate one man shows

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting

See it if You want understand how a poor young man takes charge of his life and transform it.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Touching, Real

See it if you are interested in real life experiences, enjoy one man shows, enjoy seeing how others survive

Don't see it if you are looking for something light or fluffy.

Also Very talented one man show. One hour, very engrossing.

90
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Moving

See it if Autibiography of young man growing up amid poverty and violence. Can he break the cycle? Vivid portrayal of street culture.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in the challenges faced by young men in poor violent neighborhoods. You don’t enjoy solo actors playing many roles.

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

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well staged, well acted real life drama

Don't see it if Light hearted escapist theater


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