Laurence Fishburne in Like They Do in The Movies

Laurence Fishburne in Like They Do in the Movies at the Perelman Performing Arts Center NYC. Photo by Joan Marcus
Laurence Fishburne in Like They Do in the Movies at the Perelman Performing Arts Center NYC. Photo by Joan Marcus

NEW YORK – Laurence Fishburne in Like They Do in The Movies

I’m dropping a name – Laurence Fishburne. Many immediately conjure a favorite image of this iconic Tony Award and Emmy Award winner, an Oscar-nominated actor, producer, and director of many past performances.

Gifted Storyteller

Audiences have nothing but praise for the skilled Fishburne, and that was the sentiment at the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) in his solo performance of Like They Do In The Movies, an in-depth insight into his life that he wrote. He’s a gifted storyteller who engaged the audience for over two hours with roaring laughter and applause.

Fishburne wore a long, flowing, black sparkling hoodie and immediately said, “What’s up? I love working in the theater.” The performance exuded his sentiment.

Courage

Fishburne introduced us to his mom, Hattie, the proprietor of “Miss Hattie’s Charm School,” who was the impetus for his entire life and encouraged him to become an actor. But not all sides of growing up are good, as Fishburne revealed his mom had sexually abused him for years, memories that did not resurface for 29 years after the events. It takes courage to reveal the dark sides of our lives.


Laurence Fishburne in a scene from Like They Do in The Movies. Photo by Joan Marcus

Laurence Fishburne in a scene from Like They Do in The Movies. Photo by Joan Marcus

Fishburne described their relationship like this: “She was a stage mother, co-dependent,” but despite all the negative aspects of their connections, she instilled characteristics that have carried him through his successful life.

Big Fish

Fishburne described the gentleman he thought was his biological father, “Big Fish,” as he nicknamed him, as someone larger than life. He admitted that later in life, he had DNA testing on Laurence Fishburne Jr. When the test showed that the elder Fishburne was not a match, Big Fish proclaimed, “I don’t give a f***” about that, you’re still a Fishburne.” In a moment of total candor on stage, Fishburne expressed he was deeply ashamed his entire identity was based on a lie but admitted it was undoubtedly a step towards healing.

Knitting

In one scene, Fishburne introduces us to the man he was interviewing for his bodyguard. The man described his sex life with two women in an outlandish manner, all the while knitting during their interview and threatening those who approach Fishburne on the street. We are reminded that everyone wants a piece of you when you’re famous, and sometimes, it is necessary to be protected from the public.


Laughter and Weighty Importance

Fishburne discussed racial strife, having been born in the sixties, and wasn’t fearful of expelling his thoughts on the subject, much to the audience’s delight. He applied a mix of laughter and weighty importance to the subject, which is at the forefront of our lives today.

Forgive and Love

Despite what occurred in Fishburne’s life with his mother and father and his estrangement from them, he was proud to tell the audience he cared for his father in the end and is caring for his mother. His mother suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and is unable to care for herself, and he revealed his pain to the crowd, tearing into our hearts. Fishburne deserves admiration for his ability to forgive and love.

For Our Benefit

Fishburne’s one-man show will make you roar with laughter, mull over, and admire a man who has given much of himself to the world for our benefit.

Laurence Fishburne in Like They Do In The Movies

Starring Laurence Fishburne, at the Perelman Performing Arts Center through March 31.

Directed by Leonard Foglia
Khady Kamara Nunez, Executive Director
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director.
Press by Chaliece, Dillon, Polk, and Co.

Running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes with an intermission.

Perelman Arts Center

251 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 266-3000
For tickets, click HERE.




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Laurence Fishburne in Like They Do in The Movies

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