Rodney King– as you never thought it possible to think of him

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Tonight (Thursday, Jan. 29), about 30 people in Orange County received a gift–even though they paid the–relatively–puny pittance of $25 to get it.

It was Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show, “Rodney King,” part of the Segerstrom Center’s Off-Center Festival.

The only people who are more fortunate than the ones who attended tonight are those who will surrender 70 minutes worth of the sands in their hour glass, and 25 clams, to see it tomorrow (Friday) its last night in OC.

To dismiss this show as just some lefty niggah screaming shit designed to make Whitey feel bad is robbing you of an incredible experience. It doesn’t matter what you think, or choose not to think, about Rodney King, the 1992 Los Angeles Riots/Insurrection/Uprising, race relations, police brutality, social justice, substance abuse, politics, or media hyperbole. All those are part of this show, but that’s not what it’s really about.

What it is really about is a story about a very common man, a very flawed man, thrust into a most uncommon situation. It is riveting, poignant, disturbing, funny and moving–sometimes all in the same moment. Smith is a performer of virtuosic talent, as much a living, breathing embodiment of improvised jazz in human form, as he is a keen, and heartfelt explorer of a most unique American story.

If you value live performance, in any way, see this show. You will not regret it.

It ends its short run Friday at 7:30.

For a preview of the piece, check this out.


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Amazing performer brings his one-man Rodney King show to OC

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