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From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining

About the show

Comedian/actor/broadcaster Donald E. Lacy Jr.'s one-man-show offers an autobiography of a sensitive, light-skinned African American man growing up in Oakland during the height of the Black Pride movement.  More…

"ColorStruck" recounts how, as a child, Lacy was shunned by some people in the Black community for not being dark enough and ostracized by some members in the white community for being too dark. It develops into an examination of how cultural assumptions underlie institutionalized racism and how they make us judge people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. 

Member Reviews (22)


Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if If you do not care about a well written play. This show misses the mark.

Don't see it if If you want to see a good play or one that factually deals with race relations.

Political, Personable, Timely, Funny, Sharply observed

See it if you'd like to see stand-up comedy used to express what being a black man in the US has been like for the past half century.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully formed play.

Also Donald E. Lacy Jr. is an enormously engaging performer & storyteller. ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like comedy with a message. This is a stellar performance using many projected images to define the need for dialogue on "race" issues.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one-person performances even though this one is brought alive with many individuals mentioned and projected.

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Sharing the Africans-American experiences in Oakland CA

Don't see it if If you are a Trumpsters!

Powerful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in black U.S. history from a personal viewpoint. This solo show isn't shy in expressing a viewpoint that should be heard.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate criticism of right wing politics.

Profound, Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want to see a biopic and a social commentary on racism. Revealing on many points that we still have a ways to go. Great show to see

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

Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Powerful

See it if you'd like to see the serious subject of institutional racism dealt with in a humorous but intelligent manner

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, especially those that may provoke you

Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’re interested in African American culture and problems

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to some opinions that seem insulting to white people

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in history from a personal viewpoint of a black kid/man growing up/living in Oakland, CA backed up by great projections.

Don't see it if you are not interested in how black people were treated in the 60s, 70s etc. and unfortunately too often are still treated in 2019.

Also Very important lesson for our unfortunately more and more divided time... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if Strong, one-man performance. Compassionate, but with a specific political message: pro-reparations.

Don't see it if One audience member, probably pro-Trump, walked out. In general, the apparently anti-Trump audience gave the show a rousing reception.

Resonant, Relevant, Funny

See it if you enjoy one-person shows tackling important social issues in a humors, thoughtful and engaging way. Including heartfelt, personal stories.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person shows or you are conservative and won't appreciate an open, explicit exploration of racism in the US.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Funny

See it if You’re interested in an inside look at an experience of a person of color dealing with race in America. Times have not drastically changed

Don't see it if you are comfortable with how you see race relations and are not interested in the historical elements in relation to current events.

Also The show described experiences to which I’m sure a lot of people of co... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that take on social issues and political issues.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about social and political issues

Disappointing, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if you at looking for a historic, if totally negative, view of black-white societal relations in America.

Don't see it if you are looking for any optimism about, or suggestions for improving, race relations in America now, or an even-handed view of the past.

Also The show ends with a very negative series of slides. The show begins w... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you have an interest about looking into racism and where we are today...

Don't see it if If you live in a bubble and are not open to all perspectives of racism in the United States

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Race relations in America are important to you. Tendentious historical perspective often riveting and frequently amusing. Makes one think!

Don't see it if Confronting race tensions is difficult for you. Participating in optional performance discussions is not your thing.

Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Interested in an African American male’s perspective on what it means to be black and an American.

Don't see it if Don’t like one man plays


See it if you are interested in how race relations/history is perceived by Afro-Americans. Gets more interesting, with talk-back after show.

Don't see it if you don't like forceful opinions, a little preachy especially at beginning.

Uneven, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy social commentary and personal stories addressing African American race issues in America

Don't see it if you're politically conservative and sensitive to race topics

Also Donald Lacy is strongest when relying on his personal experience rathe... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy solo performances concerning race relations in the US, addressing past and present events with limited staging, music & video.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one man shows & discussions about race, especially from the perspective of an African-American man. Ltd staging & effects.

Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant

See it if You enjoy comedic story telling that explores race from personal perspective in past and current tense. Comedic take on serious subject.

Don't see it if You think white males are the real victims of racism.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want a snapshot of the history of racism in the US

Don't see it if You are going to be challenged by an alternate view.

March 2nd, 2020
"'COLOR STRUCK' at Theater for The New City"
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March 11th, 2019
for a previous production “Directed by Sean San Jose...Donald Lacy holds the audience in rapt attention. He makes the audience chuckle when he recants memories of his grandmother...Lacy tells his tale in a mirthful way but yet is deeply serious. He does not offend but he does not hold back either...’ColorStruck’ is a play...
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