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A Brooklyn Boy

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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.


Member Reviews (88)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
88
Avg Score

78
Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, 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.

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

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.

83
Relevant, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you'd enjoy an amazing, true life story brought to life on stage with energy, song and dance by a talented young artist.

Don't see it if you cannot relate to the difficulties of street life or are offended by street language.

Also This is a very solid effort that comes from the heart about the strugg... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want a riveting & beautiful story with an actor capable of switching effortlessly between roles.

Don't see it if You don't like one man plays or small theaters.

85
Inspiring, Moving, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Raw

See it if you want to see a fiercely talented performer, Steven Prescod, portray 32 different characters that shaped his life growing up in Brooklyn.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 person shows and require a polished production. The potential is there for a wonderful show, but is not yet fully realized

Also Prescod can do it all, dance, rap, act & change from one character to ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intense

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

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great dancing

See it if You want to know what it's like to be a black kid growing up in less-than-ideal circumstances in NYC.

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

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

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

83
Powerful, Moving, Unpolished, Raw talent, Great solo performer

See it if you are interested in true stories of people who overcome hardship. Prescod is tremendously talented and charismatic and has a lot to say.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows. If you have trouble following one actor playing multiple roles. Show needs work but a lot of potential.

Also I think that this could be even better than it is. It needs some tight... Read more Read less

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

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.

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

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

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like 1 man shows in a very into setting. In 60 minutes you get a snapshot of a boy growing up in Brooklyn, his community and challenges

Don't see it if You want easy lighthearted theater

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intense, 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.

92
Intense, Profound, Resonant, Riveting, Must see

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.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to hear about life as a young black man in a piece that is thoughtful, beautifully performed and thought provoking, this is for you

Don't see it if You have no interest inthe black community and are not interested in the world we live in.

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

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

74
Visceral, Heartfelt, Unpolished, Gritty

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.

75
Good raw 1 man show, not my taste

See it if you want to see a raw portrayal of misguided youth in NYC & how one boy gets drawn in via peer pressure. Prescod is a terrific actor.

Don't see it if you want a happy story. Leaves u wondering & caring about his future alternatives. Unsettling in a very real way.

Also Demonstrates the difference that the arts can make in the lives of you... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re interested in a persons growing up in poverty and violence

Don't see it if You’re offended by Frank language or if you’re not interested in someone’s personal fight with poverty and violence

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

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.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, 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

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

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.

89
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy powerful autobiographical one man shows that have a compelling story to tell. Steven raps, sings, acts, dances, and co-wrote.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the real life struggles of growing up in a tough neighborhood. This show is so relevant and needed. Theater saves!

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

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.

96
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

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


March 6th, 2018
"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 flesh...
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March 15th, 2018
"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...
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