LACKWANNA BLUES Reviewed by Celia Ipiotis
Junior Mack, Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Lackawana, NY, was one of those towns that lured many hopeful laborers up north only to test their spirits and claim their bodies. That hotspot of mobility and stagnation was home to Santiago Ruben-Hudson.
Vivid memories of childhood animated Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one-man show Lackawanna Blues at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Positioned on a relatively bare stage with only a stool, couple of chairs, table and the guitarist Junior Mack next to him, Santiago Hudson peppered his conversation with the soulful sound of a harmonica wailing the blues. Read full review.