New York | 1h 0m | Ends May 06

The Day I Became Black

From 2 critic and 54 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he's "supposed" to be? Hear Bill Posley weigh in on the modern-day conversation about race from a unique perspective. More…

Biracial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he's half white, he's labeled 100% black.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.




95
Gia On The Move

“An astounding solo performance about growing up bi-racial in America. Posley is an incredibly charming and natural performer, and he warns us straight up: white people, you may get offended...Funny, engaging, and effortlessly talented...Told honestly and with incredible humor, and using video in a simple and effective way, Posley’s story will bring tears to your eyes and have you screaming with laughter. An hour of theatre you don’t want to miss!” Full Review

67
TheaterScene.net

“A personal, historical and vivid exploration of race relations in the US is the goal here. Unfortunately, it goes off on tangents...The piece’s dramatic achievements are diluted by the tiresome diversions...Director Bente Engelstoft positions Posley with as much verisimilitude as possible leading to a smooth presentation accompanied by adept technical elements...Posley has a winning presence, a charming delivery and is an accomplished storyteller." Full Review


100
Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoy a clever and powerful story of one young man's life and how race plays a role in it.

Don't see it if If you don't like real-life discussions about race in this country RIGHT NOW

100
Must see, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear how it feels to be bi-racial. AMAZING story & acting! We 100% loved it and wished all of our friends could see it!

Don't see it if you don't like 1-man shows or ignore how some people in our country are unfortunately still treated.

Also This show is often very funny but at some moments Bill Posley's pain a... Read more Read less

98
Great writing, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if enjoy funny, thought-provoking, relevant, moving one-man shows that explore the experience of being bi-racial in the US. It goes there.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable exploring racial issues. Don't enjoy small one-man shows essentially performed in a basement like atmosphere.

97
Resonant, Profound, Hilarious, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like stand-up that moves beyond jokes to something truly moving & important. Deeply personal yet irreverent at times. So smart.

Don't see it if Actually, I think everyone should see it. It's powerful & much needed in our society. But it's also accessible, funny, and deeply human.

97
Entertaining, Funny, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want a hilarious first hand perspective of growing up biracial. I was touched by how he shared his political awakening to prejudice.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to racism and don't enjoy joking about it. Or feel self conscious and uncomfortable with exploring the race issue.

96
Intense, Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience Americas treatment of Black people, as told by an biracial American with the use of undeniable video footage

Don't see it if You want to hold on to the lie that every American has the same opportunities and rights

96
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be educated with truth and laughs that start at the beginning and carry thru the end!!

Don't see it if If You ARE closed minded and bigoted and cannot accept any opinions thru life experience but your own!!

95
Must see, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like off-color humor; seeing talented one man shows; and are open to the subject of bi-racial identify. It's a must see.

Don't see it if you're offended by off-color humor; you're a racist; you're a trump supporter; you don't like one-man shows; you prefer musicals.

94
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like great one man stand ups that deal with racial and life issues from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You seriously think like Trump

92
Honest, Hilarious, Great writing, Required-reading, Thought-provoking

See it if You are an American. Full stop. This should be required reading for anyone living in the United States.

Don't see it if You are extremely uncomfortable with frank discussion about race. But, for real, Bill Posley makes it as comfortable as possible.

Also "I just wanna say, white people, it's okay to laugh man, alright? Blac... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if you want to understand some of the difficulties of being bi-racial today, want to laugh,don't mind strong language and racial humor

Don't see it if if you're offended by strong language & racial humor, aren't interested topics involving racial discrimination

Also Posley uses his life growing up bi-racial as the foundation for his st... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great, entertaining and very intelligent depiction of someone living in both worlds of the racial divide.

Don't see it if you are prejudice

Also This actor is going places.

91
Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if IF YOU WANT TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS OF BEING BI-RACIAL IN WHITE AMERICA.HE PRESENTS HIMSELF AS THE EXAMPLE SO YOU KNOW IT IS GENUI

Don't see it if IF YOU REALLY HAVE A THIN SKIN REGARDING RACE RELATIONS.

Also NE.HE REALLY HAS EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE LAUGHING THEIR A***S OFF.HE ... Read more Read less

91
Funny, Relevant, Moving, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want a poignant look at defining yourself racially

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows or are uncomfortable with discussions of race, including the n-word

90
Must see, Masterful, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Biracial, racism topics, equality, unbiased

Don't see it if You are sensitive to strong language, graphic videos, recounting uncomfortable situations

90
Relevant, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if It's a one man show about family and racial identity. It's funny and not preachy, informative but not oppressive. This is a very fun show.

Don't see it if There's swearing if that bugs you. There's also a video of police assaulting and killing black citizens that's hard to watch.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You like comedy with a strong social message. Smooth stand up style mixed with a personal story that’s unfortunately too relevant.

Don't see it if You don’t want your entertainment to have any sort of social conscience.

90
Absorbing, Intense, Funny, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about race from an unique viewpoint w/a mix of serious commentary & hilarious comedy. You want an A+ performance.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable w/discussions of race & some raunchy content. You don't want comedy mixed with social commentary.

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if One man tour de force! The life of Bill Mosley as a biracial person. Bill's single handedly was able to been us into his dual lives.

Don't see it if Some might be sensitive to language used to describe his many life scenarios.

90
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Clever

See it if You have any interest in America, racial identity, racism and American history & culture. Bill tackles tough subjects with humor and warmth.

Don't see it if I was gonna say "...you don't think you have anything to learn about racism in America," but then realized that's exactly who SHOULD see it.

90
An absolute must-see / highly recommended, Poignant / thought-provoking / moving / absorbing, Hilarious / relevant / bit edgy & intense / resonant, Original / refreshing / well-written / great stand-up

See it if you enjoy stand-up & would be cool w/a thoughtful 1hr show (along w/the expected laughter). Surprisingly moving, helped by video-projection.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable w/extremely tight (claustrophobic) bars where you're practically sitting on each other's laps. Go anyway. Seriously.

Also So far...... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Quirky, Great writing

See it if A comedic and thought provoking evening of autobiographical stand up on racial identity and the state of black experience now in the U.S..

Don't see it if can't tolerate harsh, explicit dialog.

90
Clever, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy solo shows about contemporary social issues

Don't see it if You're really narrow minded.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a likeable comic delivering relevant account of growing up bi racial. Funny yet powerful

Don't see it if You veer away from topical issues like race.

89
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like a show that delves deep into racial identity and is keenly provocative but keeps you laughing and thinking.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with shows that deal with racial realities.

Also Do immersive experience in the truck outside beforehand.


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