Black Light
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Black Light NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(162 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
12%
Negative
1%
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.

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Member Reviews (162)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
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.

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
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.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
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. Read more

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
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.

499 Reviews | 56 Followers
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.

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
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.

363 Reviews | 60 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (28)

New York Magazine / Vulture
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’ asks us to consider how we watch and how we listen, and it positions those simple, personal acts as powerful."
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Front Row Center
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 may not always be easy."
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Exeunt Magazine
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 singing vocal range...Jomama’s very presence is a tonic for embattled spirits and frayed nerves, and it’s a pleasure to spend an evening with her."
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T
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 extremely wordly vocalists, Trevor Bachman and Vuyo Sotashe...Their mere presence is an uplifting support and their voices fill the air with an eerie hope.”
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C
October 10th, 2018

"No matter the subject matter, Jomama rarely fails to captivate - whether she is standing right by your side or on the stage where her nightclub act takes place. (The black-box theater has been cleverly refashioned by Gabe Evansohn, with added help from lighting designer Ania Parks.) One suspects many of us could listen to Jomama talk all night and many an audience member might almost be tempted to ask her out for coffee (or something stronger) after the show."
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T
October 23rd, 2018

“An immersive atmosphere in which Jomama's warm charisma and earth mother wisdom push the audience toward a unifying experience…I didn't appreciate the content of the evening as much as I did its performance…Aside from Jomama's expressive telling of them, these tales are not of great dramatic interest. The expertly played, sung, and staged music…is easy to listen to but never exceeds being a pastiche, while the words…too often have an artsy, poetic vagueness whose ideas get lost in the sounds.”
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Towleroad
October 10th, 2018

“A soul-stirring new solo show...With a deft mix of personal narrative, original song, and deep-rooted charisma, Jones conjures the sort of evening that slips on like a silk robe...Jones is both economic and colorful in her storytelling...With the verve of a more iconic diva and the assurance of a spiritual leader, Jones aims to help us see light in the darkness."
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The New York Times
February 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"Besides ad-libs, she alternates, cabaret-style, between songs and convoluted stories. Her show incorporates biographical elements familiar to longtime fans...Paradoxically for a concert, the energy distinctly falls when Jomama sings. The star has quite the pipes and is backed by an adept band, but the songs tend to be pallid, hook-free lite funk and R&B...The songs lack the humor and wit of Jomama’s banter...By the end, the two narrative arcs meet, sort of, for a piercing conclusion."
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