When: Fri., April 10, 8 p.m., Sat., April 11, 8 p.m., Sun., April 12, 2:30 p.m., Fri., April 17, 8 p.m., Sat., April 18, 8 p.m. and Sun., April 19, 2:30 p.m. 2015
Set in a Philadelphia bar circa 1959, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill fuses biographical narrative and song to imagine one of Billie Holiday’s final performances. Upon its 2014 debut, critics called the play “unrealistically stuffed” with detail, but praised it for its music; it subsequently earned actress Audra McDonald a Tony. But can you blame a playwright for too many details? From a stint in prison to heroin abuse, Holiday’s life was unrealistically stuffed with unhappiness. Michelle Burnett leads the local production.