THEATER | Penumbra Theatre Company’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Guthrie Theater: Blues under glass
Right from the start of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, you get the feeling that Ma Rainey is worth waiting for. Her band and manager have gathered at a producer’s place in Chicago to record. Everyone is there but her, just sitting around. Talking. Complaining. Verbally sparring. Speculating about her whereabouts. Ma is very late.