“Their music sounds a lot like the music of the 1930s,” Williams said. “Adam also plays the keyboard in the show. That was a very important part of it. We knew we had to incorporate the music and fashion of that era. People would dress up in their best clothes to go down to the Deuce and listen to music.”
Williams said researching the era was her favorite part of putting the show together.
“That's about 75 percent of the excitement for me,” she said. “This was a very compact area of town, but it really showed the best of African-American entrepreneurship, and it was very interesting to learn more about it.”
Williams said audiences have enjoyed the show, especially the dance contest. There are about six performances left in the show's run, which concludes Feb. 28.
“It's been well-received,” she said. “I think we have a mixture of people who come to learn about Deep Deuce, and those who want to enjoy the music. We see a lot of people shaking their heads in agreement at points in the show where they connect with what's happening through their own personal experiences. That's very rewarding.”