Theater

Living the Shuffle

When: Fridays, 8-9:30 p.m., Saturdays, 8:30-10 p.m. and Sundays, 5:30-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1

You cannot underestimate the influence of the 1987 comedy Hollywood Shuffle. Before the Wayans family redefined black American comedy in mainstream film and TV, Robert Townsend released his indie film, a brilliantly satirical work about the razor-thin character stereotyping that black actors face in Hollywood. The film was even co-written by Keenan Ivory Wayans. A year later Wayans would release I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. Townsend himself remained a cult figure in Hollywood, but always lent his comedic talents to quality projects. Now he’s coming to the stage, the place he started at before ever shooting a movie, to perform his one-man production Living In The Shuffle. He brings several characters who mix absurdity and insight to the stage (Julius Caesar at a pimp convention anyone?) A highlight is all the stories about the making of Hollywood Shuffle. Let’s just say that his credit card racked up a lot of debt.

Aaron Carnes

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