Reviews of Irving Street Repertory’s Production:

from--- Seattle, WA
"While I have found some productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’ offensive because Waller’s music is portrayed so lightly and the characters are stereotypical, this one feels more genuine.

"It may be the moving version of “Black and Blue’ that balances out the fluff. The cast forms a tableau for the tune, gathered as if for a family portrait of the African American experience. They sing it simply and straightforward, letting it tell the other side of Waller’s life."
----Roberta Penn, Seattle Post Intelligencer

from ---Centerstage, Florence, Oregon.
"The forest rocked and the ocean rolled in spectacular frenzy that night, it was neither and earthquake nor a tsunami. It was a Broadway show exploding with music and laughter, high voltage electricity, and dazzling showmanship the like of which this sleepy coastal town has not seen before.

"Six extraordinary gifted performers captured the hearts of not one but two nearly full houses almost back to back. Because of the demand for tickets, the Events Center, with the gracious acquiescence of the cast, offered two shows, one at 5 pm and one at 7:30 pm. The theater was truly like Broadway and 42nd Street, with crowds coming and going, people exchanging thrilling comments about what they’d seen and were expecting to see. It was social event, not unlike that portrayed on stage.

"From the opening title song to the grand finale, ending with a reprise of that perennial favorite, “Honeysuckle Rose,” the two hours flew with music and bawdy laughter. "

from---Seattle, WA
"You may never find a production as participatory, as broad and bawdy, as energetically in your face, as (this) one.

"Jett and her cohorts attack this material with both barrels blazing. On the narrow Jazz Alley stage, with one (erratic) spotlight, and a single piano for back-up, they sing, they stomp, they shout, sweat, shimmy, mug and bump-and-grind.

"And as if that weren’t sufficient, they occasionally pull unsuspecting patrons into the act. (If chosen, be prepared for some lusty antics.) "This hard-working troupe … seem(s) willing to do just about anything to keep the joint jumping.
---Misha Berson, Seattle Times, June 1997.