Black When I Was A Boy

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

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HARLEY CROSS uncertified reviewer June 09, 2018
tagged as: funny · knock out
Two thumbs up! It's so rare to see a show that is both funny and profound. Cooper's story is unique - you'll never see anything else like it.... full review
LARRY LUCK certified reviewer June 03, 2018
Outstanding performance by a great story teller. Cooper Bates will forever impact how you see other people in this world. You will learn that even from a very young age, your actions and words can make a very lasting impression on many people. His performance engages the audience from the start and keeps you connected to his story through out the entire performance.... full review
VICTORIA C uncertified reviewer June 04, 2018
tagged as: must see! · racism · America · History
Cooper Bates gives an honest and brilliant performance as his younger self navigating the audience through his personal experience with racism in small town America. ... full review
BOB ATTIYEH certified reviewer June 21, 2018
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. ... full review
ESTHER AUSTIN certified reviewer June 04, 2018
Thoughtful, provoking, uncomfortable storytelling. This was brilliantly written and performed. Cooper brought the audience into his memories and let us see the ugly, painful side of racism. Very powerful and should be seen. Timely and necessary! Absolutely wonderful show!... full review
MEREDITH B. uncertified reviewer June 04, 2018
tagged as: racism · powerful · Must See
This is a powerful performance that truly matters in this day and age. The story of what it was like to grow up as a young black boy and endure the racism of the times is both historical and contemporary. It is poignant and it makes you think about how words matter and how they have an enduring impact especially on the life of a child. I found that I was thinking about the stories Cooper told long after the performance ended. A must see.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 04, 2018
Black When I Was A Boy is a powerful and moving account that deftly moves from poignant to hilarious to hopeful. ... full review
VALERIE HAGER certified reviewer June 21, 2018
Honest, raw, hilarious, and tender! A lovely performance. A beautiful voice and a show worth seeing! Cooper is wonderful and his show talks so deeply about race and forgiveness and humanity. Love.... full review
LAURA GRIMALDI uncertified reviewer June 21, 2018
A much needed story to be told of how racism isn't innate...it is learned. The struggles of being "different" and not even knowing it and having to defend what is completely out of our control not to mention something we should all be proud of....which is our differences and uniqueness among each other. If only we could all keep the innocence of our younger selves where we only saw each other as our fellow playmates. Beautifully told. ... full review
KATE HUFFMAN uncertified reviewer June 06, 2018
Moving coming of age story presented by a skillful and compelling performer. Cooper's character work is excellent, and his earnestness is irresistible. Definitely worth adding to your Fringe schedule!!... full review