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What is the Story of Fried Chicken and Latkes?
In the solo play Fried Chicken and Latkes , Rain Pryor shares her experience growing up the daughter of famed comic Richard Pryor and Shelley R. Bonis, a Jewish go-go dancer. She finds hilarious ways of discussing racial tensions in Beverly Hills during the 1960s and 70s, explaining how she learned to embrace both her African American roots and her Jewish ancestry and her father’s unique style of parenting.
Make no mistake: Rain Pryor, the star of the autobiographical solo show 'Fried Chicken and Latkes,' is not just defined by her father, the comedian Richard Pryor. She most definitely is her own woman. But she sure does one hell of an impersonation of her dad.Review by Andy Webster from The New York Times
Her amusing impressions of both her Jewish and black grandmothers recall the codgers in her father’s old stand-up act.Review by Frank Scheck from The New York Post
What Is Fried Chicken and Latkes Like?
During this hour-long look into the life of Rain Pryor, audiences are treated to a bevy of impressions, songs and jaw-dropping monologues. The one-woman-show is made up 20 short vignettes that span Pryor’s life, all featuring Pryor and a live, three-piece jazz band. Pryor juggles original songs like “Mama’s Whore House Blues” with standards like “God Bless the Child” and “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.” Audiences can expect plenty of laughs, great music and an intimate introduction to a supremely talented and funny artist.
Is Fried Chicken and Latkes Good for Kids?
This is not a play for children. Pryor uses adult language and references drug use, suicide and sexual situations.