CHICAGO -- Blues for an Alabama Sky, the latest African- American offering from Goodman Theatre, opens Mar. 16 in a staging by Goodman artistic associate Chuck Smith, who directed Goodman's revival of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Blues for an Alabama Sky, a poignant drama by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage (author of Flyin' West) takes place as the Harlem Renaissance gives way to the Great Depression and celebrates four friends who face hard times with strong hearts. They include a Cotton club chanteuse who recently lost her job, her costume-designer roommate who dreams of working with Josephine Baker in Paris, their neighbor Delia who crusades for Margaret Sanger's family-planning clinics, and a dedicated doctor who just wants to "let the good times roll."
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-- By Lawrence Bommer