Review On Blues in the Night


Rob Stevens

Registered Critic


...International City Theatre in Long Beach, partnered with the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, has staged a lively, energetic, musically perfect revival that has audiences clapping along, desperate to be dancing in their seats and cheering the quartet of performers and five-piece onstage band. Blues in the Night is the musical audiences have wanted and needed after 18 months of Covid isolation from live theater.

Rob Stevens began reviewing in 1973for the monthly community theatre magazine, Showcase, covering the professional theatres in Los Angeles. He served as editor/co-publisher of It’s Showtime in 1996-98. He has also been a reviewer/interviewer for Dimension, Data-Boy Magazine, The Civic Star, Frontiers, Frontiers After Dark, Drama-Logue, Backstage West, L.A. Reader, Santa Barbara Independent and a few others. In 1988 he began writing the column West Coast Stages in the national publication Backstage. In recent years he has written for the websites Showmag.com, Theatremania.com, and StageHappenings.com. He is the founder of The Robby Awards which began as a listing in Showcase magazine in 1975 and has since grown into an annual awards show. The 30th Robby Awards were presented in February, 2016. He is a member of the LA Drama Critics Circle.