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Oo-Bla-Dee

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (11)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Thought-provoking
75
Avg Score

68
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

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.

Also Two River Theater did everything right with the setting, instantly tra... Read more Read less

49
Program notes are the only exposition provided, Unengaging score, Unclear of heroine's want, Thin characters, Confusing

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

During previews
75
Needs further development, Good bones, Entertaining

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

Also The show should be a musical, rather than a play with music. The good ... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Entertaining

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....

During previews
77
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You know more about the story-got a bit lost in the first half-

Don't see it if You do not like somewhat of a historical play

Also Our seats were way over to the side and obstructed so we missed the sc... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

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

During previews
80
Great staging, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

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

During previews
94
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging

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.

During previews
86
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's a story that needs to be told so that people understand just how bigoted and biased people were about blacks and the fear In their life

Don't see it if You're not interested in history or are a bigoted person.

During previews
80
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like period pieces (in this case the 1940s) focusing on the African American experience at that time.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and. multi-character dramas.

During previews
69
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

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


June 18th, 2019
“ Ruben Santiago-Hudson expertly directs the production. This show is a treasure. Beautifully crafted and presented, it blends music, poetry and storytelling...The cast couldn't be better. They capture the humor and the drama of the story as it unfolds...You'll be very impressed by the music that...
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June 26th, 2019
"Under the direction of Santiago-Hudson, this jazz musical hums with tones both celebratory and somber. It is not a piece of work as successful as 'Crowns,' weighed down at times by dialogue that withholds music, but its high points are nonetheless exuberant, and its social commentary poignant an...
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June 27th, 2019
"Has some intriguing elements but lacks a compelling central story to tie it all together. And so it never really coheres into something that’s fully engaging...In one of director Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s best touches, the actors don’t really pretend to be playing, but move gracefully, almost like...
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