|Northlight Theatre presents|
|Low Down Dirty Blues|
|Created by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman
Directed by Randal Myler
Music direction by Dan Wheetman
through July 3rd | tickets: $39-$54 | more info
reviewed by Katy Walsh
'How can I be over the hill if I never made it to the top?' Life musings are chatted and sang about afterhours at a Chicago South Side nightclub... interestingly, it's a Saturday afternoon in Skokie. Northlight Theatre presents the world premiere of Low Down Dirty Blues at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Created and directed by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, Low Down Dirty Blues is a show featuring a collection of blues songs intermingled with life stories from the singers. Big Mama's, a fictional nighttime hotspot, has been created onstage with the authentic look that transports the audience from northern suburbs to the urban South Side.
Low Down Dirty Blues is a tribute to a passing musical genre. The performers sing the blues about singing the blues. Originating in the 1920's, blues songs were a voice for the African American culture during an oppressive time. Over the decades, the musical stylings have been glamorized and made famous by Chicago. Without the severity of segregation and discrimination conditions, the blues have become more playful - no matter what the political or social climate is, men and women will always be trying to get their mojo working. Low Down... is an evening of sultry, sexy fun that makes you 'Shake Your Money Maker.
Check out the rest of the review at Chicago Theater Blog.