Black When I Was A Boy

solo performance · seeker · Ages 12+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by BOB ATTIYEH

June 21, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

Cooper Bates combines writing and acting skill with an engaging personal narrative that encompasses growing up in the 60s, race relations, adolescence, small-town America and a great deal of humor. Bates doesn’t skirt the big issues and his performance is direct and effective. Superb. See this show while it is still playing.

What I didn't like

Fringe Festival door and ticket management needs dramatic improvement. Leaving people on the street and starting very late for a 10pm show does not encourage return visitors. Happily, “Black When I Was A Boy” was so good it was worth it.

My overall impression

Cooper Bates combines writing and acting skill with an engaging personal narrative that encompasses growing up in the 60s, race relations, adolescence, small-town America and a great deal of humor. Bates doesn’t skirt the big issues and his performance is direct and effective. Superb. See this show while it is still playing.

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