Wednesday, March 28, 2007

'Memphis Soul' Finds a Home in Chicago

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones found a lot to like in the play "Memphis Soul: The Story of Stax Records":

"A warm, Memphis-style sun shone Sunday on the Black Ensemble Theater. And in the guise of Rufus Thomas, the lanky Rick Stone was 'Walking the Dog' and, when not perambulating a persnickety pooch, leading a chorus doing the 'Funky Chicken.'

"And Isaac Hayes was in the building. Or, at least, Dwayne Lonzo's decent facsimile thereof. 'Sing, Black Moses,' said a voice from the back. For a moment, this nascent spring seemed like a promised land.

Black Ensemble knows how to throw a seasonal party. But even by the exuberant standards of this joyous theater, 'Memphis Soul — The Story of Stax Records' is an uncommonly good time." Read the rest of Jones' review.


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