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Blues Rooms is so Southern that when the audience gets to clappin’ too loud, pecans fall from the ceiling. Now, I’m tellin’ you the truth. And blues? It has so much blues, this sister came in wearing some cheap, old, pitiful rhinestone earrings, and by the time the show was over, my girl had gin-u-wine sapphires in her ears. If you don’t believe me, you can see fo’ yo’self. They got dining-room blues, living-room blues, bedroom blues, and kitchen and bathroom blues in this musical. You thought Miles Davis had “All Blues?” They got all kinds of blues. People sangin’, dancin’, actin’, fussin’, cookin’, and lovin’. Choreographer Diane McIntyre waving her arms all around, wearin’ that pretty red dress. And Olu Dara? That man knows he can play a git-tar—plays the horn, too. Now I’m just a West Coast girl myself, so maybe I don’t know much, but between the fish-fry song and washboard rhythms I had myself a good ol’, delta Mis’sip’ gutbucket, backwater blues time. Ain’t that the truth. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $23. (703) 993-8888. (Holly Bass)