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Black Light

From 162 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

After a successful run at Joe’s Pub, Daniel Alexander Jones returns to the stage as Jomama Jones, his critically-acclaimed alter-ego, in this revival for turbulent times. More…

Jomama leads an intimate journey – through the darkness of personal and political upheaval, and the shards of shattered illusions – illuminated by spontaneous humor. Set to pop, soul, rock and disco, this immersive performance piece strives to remove the barrier between artist and audience through inquiry, story, and song.


Member Reviews (162)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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Avg Score

75
Charismatic performance, Middling music

See it if you'd like a cabaret act w/wit and brains (and sequins!). Fun and flirty Jo tells a good story. She sings, too, altho the songs are iffy.

Don't see it if you want memorable music/lyrics. Music is loud, lights flash. But go anyway, be dazzled by Jo, and feel empowered to resist.

66
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if If you want a show that you will not remember a lot of 5 minutes after you leave.

Don't see it if If you do not want a show where all the songs meld into one, or all sound the same.

92
Political, Communal, Generous, Funky, Dazzling

See it if you are interested in experiencing a set of terrific, pointed songs, sharply told stories & a little community for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you want a drama: The drama here is in the songs sung, the tales told & the interplay among performer, collaborators & audience.

Also The “Black Light” web site calls Jomama Jones “the dazzling alter-ego ... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Intense, Quirky, Relevant, Cabaret-style

See it if You're in the mood for a category-defying, musically diverse, memoir, spiritual, cabaret-style performance that's fun w/a message.

Don't see it if You want traditional musical theatre. You don't like cabaret. You want a linear storyline. You don't want a message w/your entertainment.

81
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like a good story & original music- not a play or a musical, but excellent voices, including a cappella, a great band, staging, lighting

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical - this is more a cabaret act with both table seating and a couple rows of seats.

73
Great singing, Personal storytelling, Absorbing narration

See it if Jomama tells her story in word and song and invites us to cross threshold to post-racial&gender world to treat everyone with love & respect.

Don't see it if You dislike cabaret or cross-dressing and prefer a more typically structured musical.

52
Not a play. a cabaret musical story.

See it if You appreciate cross dressing cabaret with interesting story and mediocre music.

Don't see it if You want a well done cabaret act.

85
Must experience / very entertaining, Great lighting / ok costumes, Perfect venue / intimate up-close cabaret staging, Enchanting story-teller (very resonant) / talented musicians, Different / original / absorbing / thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy cabaret-style shows, great music w/good vocals, excellent story-telling, numerous costume-changes, starring a gender illusionist.

Don't see it if none of the above floats your boat. It's a great night, different from most, makes you think, takes you to church, & maybe the voting booth.

Also "Jomama" reeled me in, hook-line-&-sinker.... Read more Read less

69
Fluffy, Night-club act

See it if You enjoy Jomama Jones and want to see all their shows. Original songs all sounded the same - I couldn’t give you a memorable line.

Don't see it if You want to see variety in your night-club shows. The songs all melted together and the monologues didn’t get much of an audience reaction

67
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you seek theater that is non-traditional, off the beaten path, and experimental in nature. This story hits all these buttons and more.

Don't see it if DIFFERENT and UNCONVENTIONAL are not words you mention with looking for an evening in the theater.

Also I enjoyed discovering artist Jomama Jones through this production. LOV... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Quirky, Original, Great costumes, Clever

See it if you're up for unusual fare, e.g., performer in drag, in cabaret setting. I was wary but quickly won over by lead's storytelling & charisma.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play format, w/ linear story, dialogue & so on; or a musical (tho the band is great); too young to reminisce re '70s.

76
Entertaining, Charming, Cabaret performance, Engaging

See it if you'd enjoy a semi-autobiographical story-telling cabaret show by a charming performer with some really nice songs & lots of sequins

Don't see it if you're looking for a full, coherent musical or deep meaning; this show is sweet & wonderful while it lasts but instantly forgettable

Also Earnest attempt to bring a 1960s "peace & love" message to our trouble... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you like cabaret shows. This one is very entertaining and would be more so if politics were left out (it wasn't at all relevant to the show

Don't see it if you're looking for a standard off-Broadway musical

53
Entertaining, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched, Mermaid sequins

See it if you're into a charming character giving you original cabaret material and are a fan of seeing mermaid sequin outfits.

Don't see it if you're expecting a more cohesive theme or don't like holding hands with strangers.

40
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Profound

See it if you are in the area and you want to see a show. If you want to see an amateur play.

Don't see it if It was boring, the problem is that is advertised as immersive. This is not immersive, just because she asks a few questions to the audience.

Also It is not entertaining, not charming. Jomama touched me and her hand w... Read more Read less

78
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to hear some impressive vocals and many changes glittery outfits.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with alternative lifestyles, looking for a happy-go-lucky show, want fluff, want something fast-paced

78
Jones is magnetic, Great band, Entertaining, Soulful

See it if for Jones' soulful incarnation of an R&B diva with a sobering though ultimately uplifting story to tell in words and song

Don't see it if you expect a conventional drag performance: Jones is practicing something subtler & less obvious; you don't like direct audience address

Also Kudos to Gabe Evansohn (scenic design) and Ania Parks (lights), whose ... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing story telling

See it if The Jomama persona is very engaging. storytelling draws you in with a message to boot. Be open to see things from different point of view.

Don't see it if Band very talented, but the music is loud and unevenly appealing.

90
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Must see

See it if It is a superbly done, arresting musical that is thought provoking and entertaining throughout.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason See it.

70
Enchanting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Resonant

See it if you want a powerful performance. Much of it is incredibly enchanting, immersive, & engaging (& very relevant).

Don't see it if you want something fast paced or a traditional, linear story line. It's heartfelt but moves outside the standard storytelling tropes.

80
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy intimate venues, cabaret style shows or thought provoking good story-telling mixed with original songs.

Don't see it if you like big productions, fast paced story, or dislike cabaret style concerts.

70
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if Jomama Jones is the one-person dynamo. Jones really draws you in by telling her story while peppering songs throughout the performance.

Don't see it if Great band and singers make this a nice evening at the theater with a cabaret setting while being enchanted by Jomama Jones.

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy small, intimate cabaret style musicals

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional musical or don't like drag shows

80
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great storytelling

See it if you enjoy the power of an engaging storyteller. Jomama Jones is charismatic, fierce, vulnerable, relevant, and witty. Enjoy the ride!

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional show. This is more like a structured cabaret performance with fabulous storytelling than a standard musical.

75
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a very interesting production with a good message in a very intimate setting.

Don't see it if you do not like thought provoking material. Shows with no intermission and intimate settings.

Also I saw a lot of similarities to Hedwig and the Angry Inch while watchin... Read more Read less


October 10th, 2018
“Under Alagić’s assured direction, Jones and his band perform songs across a range of styles...Jomama’s sense of humor and her sense of beauty, as well as her gift for a good story, are the open hand she extends to us, and when we take it, she’s able to lead us down some hard paths...’Black Light...
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October 16th, 2018
"Jomama Jones truly is a high priestess of the Greenwich House Theater. Her piece, 'Black Light'...is an amazing call-to-action, one with heart, humor, and healing powers...Her comforting presence and brave honesty are truly touching and quickly put the audience at ease, while the subject matter...
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October 11th, 2018
"The show is a broadly spiritual, intimate, and inviting cabaret that nonetheless holds a core of steely anger forged from a historical legacy of violence. Jomama is immensely charming—a commanding physical presence...with a confiding tone in her silky speaking voice and remarkable control in her...
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October 18th, 2018
“Jomama is a soul sonic superstar...Jomama is not a preacher or a politician, but a revelation, clad in fabulous fashion delivering her message with soulful songs that embrace you with a warm understanding of life as it is...Jomama is accompanied by her incredible four-piece ensemble and two extr...
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