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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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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.

Critic Reviews (28)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"A high-concept musical evening that reflects on a shattered mirror of black history. Jomama is a paradigm of R&B-diva grandeur circa 1982, with impeccable posture and elocution that bespeak an old-school black-star dignity. Although the original 'Afromystical' songs don’t always rise to the occasion, it’s a pleasure to bask in Jones’s sequined, oracular presence, especially when Jones allows us to see the pain and labor behind the all-but-impervious diva’s self-fashioning."
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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"In the darkness there is a light, and Jomama shines it for everyone to see...She also has some priceless words of wisdom to convey for a country that very much feels at a crossroads...Jones has a talent for connecting the personal with the galactic, forcing us to step back and view everything that is happening in the world with perspective. All of this is delivered with the kind of irreverence and joy that only great drag can achieve...A vital show for our times."
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February 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"Jones is a figure that mixes a heartfelt desire to heal with a striking sense of glamour. Her poise is regal and her impeccable diction gives a motherly warmth to her words of inspiration...Primarily an evening of inspirational jazz, pop, rock and blues songs...'Black Light' plays best as an enjoyable character sketch than as a theatre piece. But there's certainly an abundance of talent and sincerity populating the stage, so those seeking a spiritual uplift should feel right at home."
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February 26th, 2018
For a previous production

"I've seen many great performers at Joe's Pub, but few, if any, have taken over the room like Jomama Jones...'Black Light' is pure entertainment, a sly evening of songs and stories that catches you in a web of humor, real feeling, and contemplation...Jomama has no definitive solutions to offer, but her entertainment is inspirational, a balm for troubled souls that also manages to be tuneful and often wickedly funny...Jomama Jones is indeed a star, and she leaves a big impression."
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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"For all the numerous costume changes and original songs that Jomama and her excellent band and backup singers perform, she is there to prod us into action, albeit with a warm smile and a velvet glove...Jomama's unique contribution here is the compelling stories she offers up...Jomama handles these stories in a genteel fashion, but each of them provides a potent lesson for anyone who is paying attention...A smart and compelling evening that will leave you with much to think about."
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February 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"Jones is a human fireball, emitting charisma, witty bon mots, stunning vocals, and sex appeal...Jones is passionate about pushing his community to resist cynicism and nurture hope...Through Jomama's eloquent persona, he presents this message without mentioning any particular political leaders or parties, policies, or agendas. But the message is delivered, wrapped in beauty, sex, wit, humor, and abundant artistry."
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March 2nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Thus begins the unique show, 'Black Light,' which is a concert cum confessional. In her sequenced gowns--and there are five costume changes during the 90-minute performance--and with her red lipstick and frizzy, frazzled, dark hair, Jones sometimes provides a strong, alto voice for her intermittent songs, ranging from ballads ('Crossroads') to hard rock ('Life is motion')."
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March 1st, 2018
For a previous production

"Deep ease and gentle grace of Jomama Jones...Part memoir, part fairy tale, part history lesson, part song cycle, and pure entertainment...Two adorable and beautifully-voiced young men, Trevor Bachman and Vuyo Sotashe, move and sing with Jomana to flesh out the life of her stories...In life and in Jomama’s art we find love in truth and light in darkness."
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February 26th, 2018
For a previous production

"The band is wonderful and Daniel and the other singers have strong beautiful voices. Daniel’s range is amazing, or maybe Jomama has the smoothest most natural sounding falsetto I’ve ever heard. The songs themselves are not memorable. Most are very wordy and lack the repetition, both lyrically and melodically, that is needed to walk out singing or humming a tune. 'Black Light' is fun and meaningful. A necessary reminder of all that we still have to fight for."
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March 6th, 2018
For a previous production

"Jomama is a creature full of warmth, vitality, and poignant stories. Bask in her radiance, and multiple costume changes...Her facility with storytelling can be partly attributed to a deep and soulful voice, a slight affectation coloring every word. Her wit and humor fill in the rest...'Black Light' may begin as a cabaret but it turns into so much more--a show that asks questions of its audience and allows them to open up to the possibilities of performance."
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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"It’s hard to know what to call 'Black Light.' It’s an entertainment for certain. It’s also an act of healing and an act of warning in these turbulent times...Close to a cabaret show...But unlike the typical cabaret show, the headliner of 'Black Light' is a fictional character, Jomama Jones, portrayed by Daniel Alexander Jones...'Black Light' is not a drag act, not really...Jomama Jones is a thought-out, fleshed-out character, without a scintilla of self-parody or camp."
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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"The music has inflections of Prince, Sade, Diana Ross and Tina Turner, backed by a four-person band that is outer worldly. Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes musical direction is heavenly...Jones is a phenom, who has to be seen to appreciated. As Jomama she is a goddess who teaches with heart, sings with transcendental powers and offers her truth...You will leave the theatre feeling refreshed, rejuvenating with a belief that their is hope for humankind."
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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"The lyrics are dense...which is unfortunate because the big ideas and thoughtful connections that abound in this taut cabaret act of a show cannot be fully appreciated in real time...An incandescent evening of song and story...rich in meaning and message...'Black Light' is a wickedly funny, painfully revelatory, and poignantly beautiful exploration of race, identity, gender, power, history, change, and community that is perfectly calibrated for these turbulent times."
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February 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"These stories and songs are witty and serious, thought-through, qualified, nuanced, and tricky. And so is the glamorous Jomama...There is a lot of questioning of the audience, a lot of questioning of herself, and what she has experienced, and what she knows and doesn’t know...Jomama offers no direct answers but many intriguing ideas and pathways to explore, and even more inspiring strategies around how to cope with the world we are in."
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February 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"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....With lyrics that stack up like the poetry of a freedom fighter, each number hits on some essential human truth...While the heart of 'Black Light' speaks most vividly to Black pain and resilience, Jones doesn't make distinctions, recognizing that near everyone has felt like they've been wandering through the shadows."
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February 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"In difficult times, Jomama Jones is an artist whose company you want...Jones’s call to action is a kindly one; songs ask us to do better, to imagine ourselves as seeds ready to grow...'Black Light' lives somewhere between a cabaret act and a more expansive theatrical work, and you might ultimately wish Jones would venture farther toward the latter, keeping the lightness of touch while allowing herself more access to the ominous depths."
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February 3rd, 2017
For a previous production

"More than just a fun night out...Jones, who created the show and inhabits the lovely and astute Jomama, offers the audience both solace and a proposal for the next four years...The show is anything but glum agitprop theatre and Jomama is no cold, unapproachable diva. She’s a muse, an inspiration and she knows how to amuse. Vibrant songs and funny stories abound in the 90-minute show...Jones shines a light into the dim corners of the future."
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February 3rd, 2017
For a previous production

"'Black Light' looks loose and improvised on the surface. It has spoken word, music, and bible-style parables drawn from Jomama’s childhood...The music itself spans genres...These head-bobbing numbers invite participation...The show functions more as a healing tonic, offering soulful reassurance and helping to center listless souls...In Jones’ case, his storytelling art is not so much a lie as a dream—one that confronts fear and fright with a show radiating gorgeous light."
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February 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"Jomama stands tall and offers stories from her youth, flirts with men in the audience, offers a 3-step plan for getting us through these tough times—and sings up a storm...She has a larger-than life diva personality with a bit of humor thrown in—however, she’s less campy and more real...Jomama’s musings often make telling segues into her songs. Jones is credited with helping to write all of the numbers—featuring some likable melodies and intriguing lyrics."
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February 3rd, 2017
For a previous production

Jones in 'Black Light' was exactly the balm I needed at this moment in time. Telling stories, singing, and performing, she made me laugh, she brought tears to my eyes, she made me believe, at least for a little while, that there is a light at the end of this tunnel...She's a marvelous performer, but her greatest talent is as a storyteller, captivating the audience with stories from her childhood...In just 90 minutes, Jomama entertained the crowd and took us on a journey."
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