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 2019

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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