Closed 2h 30m
Blues for An Alabama Sky
Midtown W

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

Critic Reviews (11)

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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February 24th, 2020

"Men to Watch in 'Cambodian Rock Band', 'Blues for an Alabama Sky,' and 'The Headlands'"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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