Robin Givens and Kadeem Hardison are no strangers to sitcom television audiences. Givens starred in the 80s sitcom “Head of The Class” while Hardison helped create one of the most successful black super couples in primetime as part of Dwayne and Whitley on “A Different World.” Now the two take to the stage in a new production of “Blues For An Alabama Sky” at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Written by Pearl Cleage and directed by veteran sitcom director Sheldon Epps, “Blues” tells the story of Harlem in the 1930s and touches on the lives of four friends who struggle to survive in the depression era. Blues singer and nightclub performer Angel (Givens) encounters a young man from Tuskegee who sees her as a reminder of a lost love. Angel’s best friend and roommate Guy is a costume designer who seeks employment from Josephine Baker so that he can leave the tough streets of Harlem for a better life in Paris.
Their neighbor Delia is a social worker who is working hard to bring family planning education to the resistant community, while good friend Dr. Sam Thomas (Hardison) is trying to keep peace and find love after years of bring alone. Their lives intertwine in both many ways, sometimes humorous and other sad and tragic.
Starring along with Givens and Hardison are Kevin T. Carroll, Robert Ray Manning, JR and Tessa Thompson.
The cast has amazing chemistry and shines, especially, Kevin T. Carroll as “Guy.”
The play runs through November 27th.
Theater goers can see the play at a discount, while tickets last, by using the code BFAS20 for a 20%off at www.pasadenaplayhouse.org or by visiting Goldstar.