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. More…
From the show:
Tough times call for strong bonds. It’s the summer of 1930 and the promises of the Harlem Renaissance are giving way to the dashed dreams of the Great Depression. Playwright Pearl Cleage (Flyin’ West and Oprah Book Club selection What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day) tells a strikingly modern story about four friends whose lives and passions collide when an innocent newcomer from Alabama arrives in New York. Having captivating audiences around the world, Keen is proud to bring Blues for An Alabama Sky to New York for the first time since its premiere in Atlanta 25 years ago. Starring Prema Cruz, Alfie Fuller, John-Andrew Morrison, Khira Walker, and Sheldon Woodley.
Keen Conversation talkbacks on February 27th, March 5th, and March 12th. Accessible performances on February 23rd, February 28th, and March 12th.
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.
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.
See it if you want a glimpse of 1930 Harlem Renaissance period excellently portrayed by 5 characters tackling issues relevant to both then and now.
Don't see it if you don't like long plays, not interested in the 1930 Harlem Renaissance or topics of abortion and homosexuality.
See it if Outstanding in every way: stellar acting, marvelous writing, wonderful stage design! We loved every minute of it & will be back with friends
Don't see it if you are homophobic, believe in temperance or don't support abortion. But actually just see it anyway - it's relevant, then and now!
See it if If you want to experience a play where the characters are quite believable but somehow don't move you to say that this a play i would see
Don't see it if If you don't like gay characters or that you don't want to know about African-Americans during Harlem's renaissance
See it if You enjoy period pieces that spark your mind into thinking about the human psyche and what we desire most.
Don't see it if You dont like period pieces, you aren’t interested in 1930s Harlem, lgbt subject matter makes you uncomfortable.
See it if you're interested in 1930 Harlem Renaissance thru eyes of 5 chars. Many impt issues discussed (abortion, birth control, homosexuality, race)
Don't see it if you dislike slow exposition; Act I needs cuts! Staging's a bit fussy w opening doors. Still, insightful drama set in fascinating time/place.
See it if Exceptional performances all around!!
Don't see it if First act is REALLY slow & long & nothing really happens. Lack of a hook before intermission. All action is squeezed on the shorter 2nd act.
See it if You like stories with a long slow build up to the white hot burn of the finale. Mostly excellent acting and writing on an interesting set.
Don't see it if You’re not willing to put the time in for the pay off. This is dialogue rich and takes its time (over two hours) getting to the big finish.
Also Well worth seeing!
See it if Cleage's kitchen sink drama of thwarted ambition in 30's Harlem is aided by Williams' sensitive direction & a courageous ensemble Great set
Don't see it if Unfortunately, the bracing realism of the 1st Act turns into high melodrama in the 2nd While events are not unbelievable; they're contrived
See it if you enjoy excellent drama with intense moments by a wonderful cast bringing a period & characters to life in a great set w/ impeccable sound
Don't see it if you are not patient as there is a detailed first act of character development or if you require a happy ending.
See it if you enjoy 1920's period theatricals that mention people, events & social issues of the time. The always excellent Keen Th outdoes itself
Don't see it if the serious subjects mentioned above don't interest you. There are some lovely amusing moments and some melodrama.
See it if You want an engaging show w/a terrific cast about multi-faceted characters you're invested in, told w/humor & heart: a well told story.
Don't see it if You prefer plays set in contemporary times. You want a period play in period language. You want a light comedy. You prefer 90 minute plays.
See it if Excellent Show, Its about four friends living in Harlem who lives change.
Don't see it if If you want a comedy or musical
Also Over 2hrs with one 10min intermission. Powerful show, one not to miss.
See it if you wish to see a show that deserves to be revived. The story has characters that involve you and that make you care what happens. Must see!
Don't see it if you like comedy or light hearted drama .Many relevant issues come up and make for a strong story.
See it if Charismatic lead actress plays a woman who strings a man along and the tragic consequences for all. Her suitor plays the rage very well.
Don't see it if Act I could use some tightening as show runs 2hr35min. But really picks up later in Act I and all of Act II. Powerful show.
See it if insight into life in Harlem in the 1930s filled w/hope, disappointment, pathos, dreams; brilliantly acted, funny, mournful, at times joyous.
Don't see it if neither era driven stories nor the need to dream are of interest; pacing is too slow; disappointed in a predictable ending.
See it if You like dramas that take place a long time ago but deal with issues that are still relevant today
Don't see it if You tend to be impatient. Act one is incredibly long and it does take a long time but the payoff is worth it
See it if drama with a variety of interesting, memorable characters set in Harlem in 1930; their struggles but also some optimism; touching moments
Don't see it if don't want issues of racism, homophobia, women's reproductive rights; first act is a little long but worth it to know the vivid characters
See it if you want to see fine exploration of the Harlem Renaissance in the '30s. Debunks myths while supporting their promise
Don't see it if a play that shows fundamentalism for what it is or the difference between political and economic immigrants disturbs you.
See it if Life gets hard, esp. during economic downturns for Black folks. Stay hopeful or stare reality in the eye and become ruthless?
Don't see it if First 1.5 hours go slow, could be edited. Characters double down rather than change over the play which feels awkward.
See it if You want to see excellent acting in a thought provoking and riveting play about the waning days of life during the Harlem Renaissance.
Don't see it if No reason at all not to see this play! I was mesmerized during the first preview.