Blues for an Alabama Sky
Celebration Arts’ production of Pearl Cleage’s play fully explores the “blues” referred to in its title, but other than the Alabama roots of one of the characters, the show itself is more about Harlem and the difficulties of life in the 1930s. An uneven pace, particularly in the second act, is made up for by the exceptional work of the lead actors. Ifamodupe Edington sings beautifully and reveals the self-centered fearfulness beneath showgirl Angel’s worldly, wise exterior. As Angel’s best friend Guy, Romann Hodge delivers an exceptional performance, while Rob Anthony brings a calm center to the action as Dr. Sam Thomas.
Celebration Arts, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays; $8-$15. 4469 D Street, (916) 455-2787. www.celebrationarts.net. Through October 11.