Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Last night I attended the press opening of the world premiere of Aftermath, the Signal Ensemble Theatre's biographical portrait of the short-lived Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.

It's a jukebox biography in the tradition of The Buddy Holly Story, a less slick Jersey Boys, a longer-arcing Million Dollar Quartet, but there are fewer songs than in those shows.  This one clocks in at a brisk 90 minutes, much of which documents the gradual estrangement of the spiraling Jones from his bandmates and girlfriend.

Aaron Snook is credible as the doomed rocker, and Nick Vidal channels a slithery young Mick Jagger, but oddly enough in a play about the Stones, Andrew Yearick steals the show as George Harrison.  He's a friend who teaches Brian to play the sitar; after a short lesson in instrumentation and eastern mysticism, they play "Norwegian Wood."

Aftermath runs through June 6 on the West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago.   

My Flavorpill preview is here.

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