Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Play with music
Characters: 8 males (5 black, 3 white) 2 black females
Scenery: Unit set
It's 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago where Ma Rainey is recording new sides of old favorites. More goes down in the session than music in this riveting portrayal of rage, racism, the self hate and exploitation.
"Searing ... funny, salty, carnal and lyrical.... Wilson has lighted a dramatic fuse that snakes and hisses through several anguished eras of American life. When the fuse reaches its explosive final destination, the audience is impaled by the impact." N.Y. Times.
"Brilliant ... explosive! Dramatically riveting." Newhouse Newspapers.
Winner New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
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Review: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (The Century Cycle #3)User Review - Adira - Goodreads
Full review to come. Mr. Wilson sure does know how to write an ending. This one wasn't as good as Joe Turner's Come &Gone, but it was still a good play. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a quick and easy read or who loves African-American Literature or Blues' novels. Read full review
Review: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (The Century Cycle #3)User Review - Courtney H. - Goodreads
On its face, Ma Rainey is about jazz and its players during the 1920s. At its heart, Ma Rainey is about power. The whole play bleeds over with hierarchies, personal power politics, and larger systems ... Read full review