Paradise Blue OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 22, 2015
    Closing:
    August 2, 2015

    Theater: Williamstown Theatre Festival / 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 01267

    Synopsis: 

    Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs Tony Award-nominee De’Adre Aziza, Golden Globe-nominee Blair Underwood, and Andre Holland in the world premiere of a bracing and charged drama from Dominique Morisseau. Blue (Underwood), a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of his past and better his life. But where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own? And what does it mean for the club’s resident bebop band? When a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad (Aziza) comes to town with her own plans, everyone’s world is turned upside down. This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future on the foundation of what our predecessors have left us.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Paradise Blue

    ‘Paradise Blue’ Rekindles Racial Drama in 1949 Detroit

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    July 29, 2015: Her name is Silver, but everything about her says noir: the slinky, hip-swaying gait; the voice — one part molasses, one part bourbon and cigarettes; the electric charge she sends through a room just by walking in. When this alluring stranger glides into a Detroit nightclub in Dominique Morisseau’s jazz-infused “Paradise Blue” — clad in glamorous widow’s weeds, a set of alligator luggage in tow — you may think you’ve seen her kind before. But one of the juicy pleasures of this overloaded drama, set in 1949 and receiving its world premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival, is the way Ms. Morisseau upends expectations. In Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s stylishly designed production, she’s expertly abetted by some marvelous actors, reveling in the musicality of the language as they rip into roles that seem, at first, to be drawn from stock. So does the plot that’s ostensibly at the center of the piece: Blue (Blair Underwood), the nightclub’s dapper trumpet-playing owner, is secretly planning to sell the place and leave town, putting the house musicians, Corn (Keith Randolph Smith) and P-Sam (Andre Holland), out of a gig and wrenching his compliant girlfriend, Pumpkin (Kristolyn Lloyd), from her beloved home. By the time Silver (De’Adre Aziza) arrives on the scene, Blue is practically halfway out the door.

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