As Cole launches into one deliriously silly monologue after another, interspersed with pre-recorded comedic bits in between, she deploys her squawky delivery and charmingly awkward physicality to embody eight different characters — from Detroit’s failed Motown singer father to the woke-in-her-own-mind glasses saleswoman, as well as Detroit himself.
The mixing of broad caricature with the serious topics of race, gun violence, healthcare, and economic disparity can make for uneasy bedfellows, but as Cole sings and dances her way through the narrative her impeccable delivery ensures the results are both surprising and entertaining.
"Mo-to-the-oncle" will not be performed again during Fringe 2018.
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- Fred Michael Beam in "Black Deaf Male: Who Am I?"
The show is a lively reminder of art’s ability to, with seemingly effortless ease, place its audience in another’s shoes. As it goes on, Beam’s personal narrative becomes a celebration of the pieces of his identity — each inextricable from the rest — that combine to make him exactly who he is.
"Black Deaf Male" will not be performed again during Fringe 2018.