By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Crucial to the success of Blues in the Night are musical director/pianist William Knowles and his four musicians (Ira Basset, Gary Wooten, Buddy Mohmed, John Simon). They are onstage throughout, a hot little band with a big, big sound.
Costumer Susan E. Mickey has dressed the cast in bold citrus colors, layering the actresses in diaphanous gowns over silky lingerie and gartered stockings, like figures in vintage photos of great chanteuses (including Bessie Smith) from the 1920s.
Intoxicating and seductive, Blues in the Nightreaches deep and hits all the right spots.