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How to Be a White Man
FaultLine Theater
Review by Richard Connema | Season Schedule

Also see Richard's reviews of The Legend of Georgia McBride and Ryan Engstrom: Songs of a Reluctant Sphinx and Patrick's review of Becky's New Car

FaultLine Theater is presenting the world premiere of Luna Malbroux and Jennifer Lewis's How to Be a White Man through July 1 at PianoFight in San Francisco. The play is based on comedian Luna Malbroux's experience as a queer black comedienne combined with real interviews with folks all over the country. This new comedy takes a courageous look at race, sexuality and gender.

Luna is on a mission to rewrite the white male opportunity for certain advantages. She wants to persuade everyone, including women African-American women and transgender woman. How to be a White Man is a satire with a dash of cold, hard truth. I was fascinated for 80 minutes (no intermission) watching this production. Luna Malbroux appears with a cast of astonishingly gifted actors.

The production, directed by Nikki Menez, is divided into eight scenes with titles on a projected screen in the center of stage such as "The key to a great non-apology," "Do you know you're an expert," and "Embrace your inner asshole." Luna sets up very amusing individual scenes, ranging from the cumbersomely real to the totally bizarre. There is one in which the lesbian daughter introduces her girlfriend to her parents that is poignant, and another scene that features a woman whose bondage sex date turns uncooperative.

Luna Malbroux is impressive as the stage version of herself. Jessica Jones and Jennifer Green, who play spiritual, astute women who guide Luna Malbroux in her accomplishments, give excellent performances. Akaina Ghosh is engaging as Malbroux's girlfriend. Derek Jones and Kevin Glass give inspiring performances in various roles, while Ashley Gennarelli is hilarious as a naive, self-justifying white male. Linda Giron gives vivid performances in various roles. Nikki Menez provides smooth direction.

How to Be a White Man runs through July 1, 2017, at PianoFight, 144 Taylor Street, San Francisco. For tickets and information, visit http://www.faultlinetheater.com.


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