Audience: Jonathan Dorf


Black When I Was A Boy

This show turned out to be a surprise gem at the Fringe. I knew I was going to see a show about race, and it's easy for a show about a hot-button topic to turn into a polemic that simply preaches to the converted. Instead, Cooper Bates has woven a story that's at times hilarious and charming, but that in its often disarming humor opens a window that suddenly leaves us staring at a much bleaker landscape. It makes for theatre that is poignant, gripping and thoughtful. While it's not a perfect play—there are moments that can be tightened or developed further—it's well on its way, and well worth the price of a ticket and an hour of your time.