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Colored ExposuresExtremely satirical patchwork of Black characters by a younger, more serious-minded Flip Wilson.
Daniel Boyd Beaty's fresh round face, devious wit and assured character acting is bound to get him dubbed a young Flip Wilson. While Beaty's approach is less ribald than Wilson's Vegas routines, his high-recognition character sketches may speak more directly to the contemporary African American audience. Beaty's first full-length show and New York debut, "Colored Exposures," is a snapshot album of Black characters of all ages, both male and female. The piece is entirely written and performed by Beaty and directed by Kenneth Lee.
The play is a rapid succession of character skits, each following the other rapid-fire with the changing of a wig or a single costume piece. An "Intelligent Negro Valley Guy" riffs about Ebonics at a cocktail party. A wealthy Black yuppie, stopped for racial profiling in his beemer, exhibits the black rage of aujours d' hui by shooting people. A West African tour guide squires tourists through The Cape Coast Slave Dungeons of Ghana. An elderly matron of the rural South, a Jamaican man and a "Black Buddha" wax forth on good hair, bad hair and blonde hair. A "100% Queen" gay club kid comically decries the popularity of "snow queens." A horny minister discourses on how he and his young female parishoners "heal each other." A little girl of the Projects plays "Kinky Head and the Three Bears," a game involving painting her Barbie dolls black and eating the Baby Bear's dinner to cure herself of AIDS. Finally, a celebrity woman chef of soul food reveals the magic behind the recipes.
The title, "Colored Exposures,
|Dates: ||Nov. 29, 2001 - Dec. 9, 2001|
|Schedule: ||Thurs.-Sat. 10 p.m., Sun. 5:30|
|Venue: ||La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.|
|Price: ||$15, members/tdf $12|
|Tickets/info: ||(212) 475-7710|
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