MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Review by Susan Granger

George Wolfe’s well-timed production is a lavish adaptation of August Wilson’s thinly-plotted 1984 play that vividly depicts how dismissively Black musicians were treated back then and how some “existed in defiance of their time.” Known as the “Mother of the Blues,” hip-swaying, sweat-slicked Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) bristles when her opportunistic manager and record producer don’t show the diva proper respect.

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