This play shows how the rage caused by racism can be manifested in unusual ways. Each character, the blues singer and her band, has a different means of trying to gain control of a racist society hoping to, thereby, overcome it. The author's surprisingly humurous dialogue accentuates the story but, there is no mistaking the gravity of these characters's pain. Wilson's writing makes the play fast-paced and gives excellent insight to the histories of the individual characters. The use of blues lyrics and speech make them not just backdrops but characters, themselves. The abrupt ending seems a little forced, but the play is extremely entertaining.
We had to read this for part of our university module. Really enjoyed the play, very funny at times but also a hard-hitting play on how black people are treated in the music business - some of which still stands today.
Stage directions are informative and make the play a great read as you can truly visualise the play while reading.