Two River's new production follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, an all-black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago in order to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. More…
On this trip toward freedom, the latest member of the group, Gin Del Sol, must wrestle with the complex timing of the music as well as the complicated times in which she lives. "Oo-Bla-Dee" is written by Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor, featuring original songs by Taylor and Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray, and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
See it if you're interested in black people's perspective of life in the midwest in the 1940s, or if you enjoy seeing new shows that have potential.
Don't see it if you're expecting a full-blown musical or a script with interesting or captivating characters and natural language.
See it if don't mind jazz-inflected musical snippets rather than real book musical songs. Left at intermission as nothing had happened in all of Act 1
Don't see it if are annoyed by overly poetic dialogue and stock characters. A fabulous subject (all-female, all-black jazz group in 1940s) is squandered
See it if you enjoy a show that has great potential, but needs significant additional work. The production team is talented enough to pull it off
Don't see it if seeing a not quite ready for prime time show is not something you want to see
See it if you enjoy jazz music. The "real" band was good and the actors were okay. Disappointed the actors were not playing the instruments.
Don't see it if You want a fast moving story. It was okay but nothing special. Found myself nodding off a bit....
See it if You enjoy good singing and music in a variety of genres Learning about the history of black women/people in the music business
Don't see it if You don’t think it’s worth traveling to Red Bank NJ You don’t care about hearing soul stirring music
See it if You like jazz music, stories of female empowerment, thought-provoking portrayal of the struggle against prejudice
Don't see it if You want light entertainment or a child-friendly show
See it if you like a real-life dramatization of what life was like back in the 1940s for group of all-black, all-female jazz musicians.
Don't see it if you are not open to what the black experience was like for female musicians in the 1940s.
See it if you enjoy unique staging and elements that are clever such as an onstage sound effects person
Don't see it if You are expecting a look at the topic of a female black jazz band towards the end of WWII . The story doesn't seem to gel