Blues for An Alabama Sky
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Blues for An Alabama Sky

Blues for An Alabama Sky NYC Reviews and Tickets

(92 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Keen Company presents a revival of this drama set in 1930s New York, where four friends' lives and passions collide when an innocent newcomer arrives from Alabama. 

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Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if Heavy issues but thought provoking and well acted. A tad long, but engaging.

Don't see it if You prefer light and fluffy.

Melodramatic, Well developed, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Act 1: deliciously long buildup of characters with wit, irony & insight. Act 2: melodramatic explosion & satisfying ending. Great acting.

Don't see it if You aren't up for a 2 1/2 hour old-style period piece with a lot of attention to characters & setting. You want a realistic conclusion. Read more

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Wrong show

See it if So so good. So much to think about. All 5 performers superb. Perfect theater for this intimate work

Don't see it if Sorry no negatives for us.

Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays about the African-American experience & Harlem Renaissance, stories about racism & homophobia, evocative acting

Don't see it if Not interested in the African-American experience of the 30’s, want a comedy and not a tragic tale, don’t like themes of racism, homophobia

Great acting ensemble, Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an old-fashioned play that is timely. This play is very well constructed. Great introduction to the writing of Pearl Cleage.

Don't see it if 2.5 hours is too long for you to sit. Read more

Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy well acted shows by talented performers about a by-gone era that is still relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't like long first acts that do a lot of set up. You want a comedy.

Uneven acting, Good set, Dull, Disappointing

See it if you have nothing else to do.I found the first act interminable.Acting was ok, but no one really inhabited their roles.Story was ok, but....

Don't see it if you don't know someone in the cast.It should have had something to say about race in America. It didn't hit that note for me.

Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if great writing. contemporary yet had the feeling one was seeing a classic play. well acted and directed. hope this becomes a staple

Don't see it if want a big sweeping play. this is more intimate focusing on few characaters.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
February 26th, 2020

"Review: Name-Dropping Harlem in ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’: The neighborhood is referrred to constantly, insistently, but doesn’t come to life in Pearl Cleage’s play about a nightclub singer from the 1930s."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 24th, 2020

"Men to Watch in 'Cambodian Rock Band', 'Blues for an Alabama Sky,' and 'The Headlands'"
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The Wall Street Journal
February 20th, 2020

"Engrossingly Old-Fashioned: Struggling New Yorkers get mixed up with a fresh-off-the-bus widower in Keen Company’s staging of Pearl Cleage’s play"
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February 21st, 2020

"Dreams Deferred and Fulfilled in 'Blues for an Alabama Sky': The Keen Company gives Pearl Cleage's 25-year-old play an overdue New York premiere."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 19th, 2020

"Its account of characters caught up in rapidly changing times and shifting social mores remains highly pertinent. It is as engrossing as a good novel, offering a trip to another time while commenting on issues that remain vital today."
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New York Stage Review
February 19th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Playwright Pearl Cleage looks at 1930s Harlem dreaming, with five figures running for their natural lives"
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New York Stage Review
February 19th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "Cleage's absorbing 1995 drama receives its overdue New York premiere in this disappointing Keen Company production"
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February 26th, 2020

"Set as the Harlem Renaissance was turning into the Great Depression among artists and professionals alike, Cleage's conventional melodrama is old-fashioned in structure, but the characters are three-dimensionally drawn and the plot is engrossing."
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March 2nd, 2020

"LA Williams, and the cast, still deserve much credit for reviving this gem that creates a rich portrait of faith, vision, and hope."
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Front Row Center
February 25th, 2020

Score: 85% "The 'olden days' are not so olden here...Prejudice and pride live in 1930 Harlem just as much as they do today. Even more striking is that this play was written in 1995, when the closets were filled with people hiding, and birth control was considered a done deal."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
February 18th, 2020

"Alternately gripping and frustrating,…Cleage's well-researched writing captures a time and place, given flesh and blood by resonant performances. Fuller is dynamic as the Angel with soiled wings, her tough-as-leather persona a sturdy shield against the struggle for her daily bread."
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