Theater & Performing Arts

The Scion

When: Aug. 6-23 2014

The East Bay often plays a role in Brian Copeland’s solo shows, so it’s not surprising that his latest, The Scion, recounts the events leading up to the grisly San Leandro sausage factory murders in the aughts, confronting the power and privilege of people who believe themselves to be above the law. Directed by longtime collaborator David Ford, Copeland’s retelling of the tragic events toes the line between the tragic and the comic. Though this show, much like Copeland’s previous efforts, deals with heady topics — such as race and class privilege, profiling, police harassment, baffling politics (“Obamacare is slavery!”), and the murder of Trayvon Martin — Copeland is a master of wrenching the uglier aspects of American culture into entertaining and often enlightening endeavors. Though a few of Copeland’s characters were hard to follow and differentiate — sometimes the only distinction between characters was a subtle voice inflection change — his solo form is artful and his storytelling chops are as sharp as ever.

Anna Pulley

Price: $30-$35 sliding scale

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