A bluesy tale at Arena Stage

December 24, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

This is the final weekend to catch Arena Stage's rendition of Keith Glover's blues drama, "Thunder Knocking on the Door." The drama, which made its area debut at Center Stage two seasons ago, has undergone several changes in the interim.

Most noticeably, Glover has replaced the play's classic blues numbers with an original score by Grammy Award-winning artist Keb' Mo' and Anderson Edwards. In addition, the production is directed by the playwright and features a new cast.

"Thunder Knocking on the Door" focuses on a mysterious bluesman named Marvell Thunder and the twin offspring of a late fictional blues guitarist, the only musician ever to out-play Thunder. Co-produced with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the production will open there next month.

"Thunder Knocking on the Door" continues at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. S.W., Washington, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The remaining performances are nearly sold out, but a few seats are left at $24-$45, and a limited number of $7.50 tickets are available at the box office 90 minutes before each performance, as is Arena's standard practice. Call 202-488-3300.

Pub Date: 12/24/98

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