Updated: Nov 20, 2019
20 years of Lisa B. Thompson's Single 'Black Female!'
This month marks the 20th Anniversary of this long running play written for and about Black women from award winning Stanford graduate and University of Texas at Austin professor Lisa B. Thompson. The original production at Theater Rhino in San Francisco was directed by the renowned actor/writer/director Colman Domingo and starred our own Comika Hartford.
"Single Black Female" is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explore the lives of thirty-something African American middle-class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images. SBF 1, an English literature professor, and SBF 2, a corporate lawyer, keep each other balanced as they face their fears of rejection, hopes for romance, and reminisce about black girlhood wounds.
While embodying a variety of characters, the girlfriends discuss the absurdities of interracial dating, the lure of recreational shopping, and the merits of college reunions for bolstering one’s self-esteem. After reviewing their escapades in past relationships and confessing their own mounting anxieties about commitment and the possibility of motherhood, the pair realize their best chance at love may be found closer than they ever imagined.
And here are the current and past reviews. "Single Black Female" will always be a must see.
“Single Black Female” is at its strongest and funniest when the two actors, Tanika Baptiste and Paige Mayes, let loose and play off each other." -Jordan Freed, THEATRIUS
"A socially significant and very entertaining two-woman show that manages to be simultaneously self-deprecating and proud." – The New York Times
"Thompson stands her stereotypes on their heads, to apt and funny effect. These right-on feminist sisters want equal rights and equal pay, but they also yearn for steamy romance and Jimmy Choo shoes, not necessarily in that order." – The Los Angeles Times