by August Wilson (Soulpepper). In 1920s Chicago, a routine music recording session becomes the front line for issues of race, power and opportunity. Previews from May 4, opens May 10 and runs to Jun 9, see website for times. $32-$96.
This scorching production of Wilsons play about the recording of a blues album in 1920s Chicago crackles with life. The themes, especially about the exploitation of Black artists by white producers, is still relevant, and Wilsons characters interact with nuance and drama. Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, the ensemble, many of whom get to play instruments and sing, are superb, especially Alana Bridgewater as the eponymous Ma and Beau Dixon, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Neville Edwards and Lovell Adams-Gray as her musicians.
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Location - Young Centre for the Performing Arts