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Culture, The Exhibitionist Talking Depression with Comedy Legend Award-Winner Brian Copeland

Talking Depression with Comedy Legend Award-Winner Brian Copeland

Following in the footsteps of Will Durst and Robin Williams, acclaimed local comedian, playwright and KGO talk show host Brian Copeland will receive Comedy Day's Stand-up Comedy Legend Award on Sunday. This year's edition of the 35th annual comedy…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Not a Genuine Black Man": A Compelling One-Man Play

"Not a Genuine Black Man": A Compelling One-Man Play

Two hours is a long time to watch a one-man show, unless that one man is very, very good at what he's doing. And for the past decade, Brian Copeland has been honing "Not a Genuine Black Man," his…
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Class War

The Marsh theater sums up the latest solo play from Brian Copeland as "a tale of privilege, murder, and sausage." It's a pretty apt description, since Copeland injects his signature brand of humor into the rather heavy subject material…
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Class War

The Marsh theater sums up the latest solo play from Brian Copeland as "a tale of privilege, murder, and sausage." It's a pretty apt description, since Copeland injects his signature brand of humor into the rather heavy subject material…
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Now Playing

"Audium 9": Spatial electronic orchestrations and sound sculptures. Early arrival is advised. Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $20. Audium-Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space, 1616 Bush, 771-1616. Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's musical revue spoofs pop culture with extravagant costumes. Wednesdays-Sundays. $25-$130. beachblanketbabylon.com.…
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The Aliens: Two young men in a New England town meditating on music, philosophy, drugs, and Bukowski find a disciple behind a coffeehouse. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 5. $20-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596. Any Given Day: A play…
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Now Playing

The Aliens: Two young men in a New England town meditate on music, philosophy, drugs, and Bukowski, and find a disciple behind a coffeehouse. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 5. $20-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596. Any Given Day: A…
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Now Playing

The Aliens: Two young men in a New England town meditating on music, philosophy, drugs, and Bukowski find a disciple behind a coffeehouse. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 5. $20-$70. SF Playhouse, 533 Sutter (at Powell), 677-9596. Any Given Day: A play…
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Culture, Stage "The Waiting Period": Brian Copeland Pushes Through Depression

"The Waiting Period": Brian Copeland Pushes Through Depression

You can be forgiven for having great expectations for The Waiting Period, Brian Copeland's new solo show at the Marsh. His last play, 2004's Not a Genuine Black Man, became the longest-running solo show in Bay Area history. A chronicle…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Brian Copeland Stares Down Suicide in <br><i>The Waiting Period</i>

Brian Copeland Stares Down Suicide in
The Waiting Period

In his solo show at the Marsh Theater, Not a Genuine Black Man, Brian Copeland told the story of moving with his African American family in the 1970s to San Leandro, named one of the most racist suburbs in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

It’s not easy using humor and wit to expose heavy subjects such as racism, domestic violence, or suicide, but Brian Copeland did it in his 2004 solo performance Not a Genuine Black Man. It enjoyed a 25-month run in the…
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Brian Copeland's Not a Genuine Black Man Shows a Bay Area You'll Wish Never Existed

We've said before that it takes an act of Congress to get most San Franciscans to leave the confines of this great city. We'll upgrade that to an act of God (or god, or goddess, or Goddess) to make…
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Calendar, Night&Day Is It Hot Out Here?

Is It Hot Out Here?

Although the Comedy Day Web site never fails to worry us, with its animated clip art, banana-peel logo, and side-splitting tagline ("Comedy Day. Comedy Everyday. ComedyDay.com." Hah!), the annual event is a safe bet. More than 500 comics have performed…
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Our critics weigh in on local theater

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the forthcoming feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the bee…
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Our critics weigh in on local theater

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the forthcoming feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the…
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Culture, Encore Our critics weigh in on local theater

Our critics weigh in on local theater

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The moldering schoolhouse tradition of spelling bees has inspired a cultural deluge of late, from Myla Goldberg's 2001 novel Bee Season to the forthcoming feature film Akeelah and the Bee. That the…
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The Black Eyed. This play by Palestinian-American Betty Shamieh is a chillingly beautiful piece about the relationship between violence and seduction. In Shamieh's poetic-apocalyptic vision of the afterlife, four Palestinian women from different historical periods hang about in limbo,…
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Cherry Docs. In David Gow's gritty drama (whose title refers to the cherry red Dr. Martens boots popularly worn by skinheads), an ambitious lawyer, Danny (Aaron Davidman), improbably decides to defend a young neo-Nazi, Mike (Eric Rhys Miller), who's being…
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Here Lies Jenny. Bebe Neuwirth has an unusual voice. It's not what you would call beautiful. In Here Lies Jenny, a showcase of loosely knit songs by German composer Kurt Weill, she sounds a bit like a sheep nursing a…
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Kimberly Akimbo. When they get beyond a certain age, female actors don't often have much fun onstage. Relegated to playing doddering old dowagers, even the spriest sixtysomething must resign herself to spending the rest of her career serving tea…
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