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.
“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 that strikes at the heart of a 'racist America' and its oppression of people of color. Its truth should not be ignored, so please go see it.” Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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