In playwright Charles Randolph Wrights Blue, a well-to-do black familys saga plays out over two decades. The Clarks live in a fictional South Carolina town, but their circumstances are refreshingly stereotype-free. No gangs or crackheads refreshing! Blue seems to have every touchstone of a smartly written family drama: the crusty matriarch, the pompous daughter-in-law, the overbearing husband and the young, aspiring artist who narrates in retrospect. But its the original music of Nona Hendryx that might make this production a must-see. Hendryx has been at the cutting edge virtually her entire career, from the 70s glam-funk trio Labelle (with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash), who had a No. 1 hit single with Lady Marmalade in 1975, to her collaborations with Talking Heads, and she continues to work with some of the more idiosyncratic stars of soul and hip-hop, like India.Irie and Rahzel. In Blue, Hendryxs music materializes in the form of ghostly singer Blue Williams, who scandalously earns the plays title.
Sept. 22-Oct. 21, 2, 3 & 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 22. Continues through Oct. 21, 2007
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