In a shabby hotel live three nameless women: the Woman of the World, the Lady from the Road and the Girl with a Date. They while away their days occasionally dreaming of past glories or hoping things get better, but mostly they sing of what they know to be real. And what they know is this: There's only one Man, and he's a dog. Oh, the Girl with a Date maybe has a little optimism about him, but the Woman of the World and the Lady from the Road, honey, they know better. He's a liar, he's deceitful and he's a two-timer. The best thing about him is that he always leaves, and yet the ladies can't help but long for him when he's gone. In Sheldon Epps' dramatic revue Blues in the Night, the three women sing the down-and-dirty truth — the blues — in the vernacular of America's first music. The songs of Bessie Smith, Howard Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Duke Ellington convey their tales, and maybe soften their shared plight just a little. The Black Rep closes out its "Season of the Woman" with Blues in the Night, beginning with a preview performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Grandel Theater (3610 Grandel Square; 314-534-3810 or www.theblackrep.org). The regular run continues Thursday through Sunday (May 28 through June 28), and tickets are $17 to $43.
Wed., May 27; Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 27. Continues through June 28, 2009