Dueling Critics: Aftermath Takes on the Early Days of the Rolling Stones

May 14, 2010

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Mick (Nick Vidal), and Keith (Joseph Stearns) perform a song during a concert. Photo by Johnny Knight.
Most rock historians call Brian Jones the original Rolling Stone and a brilliant multi-instrumentalist. But as the group grew from young lads playing blues covers to international superstars. Jones descended into heavy substance abuse. His contributions eventually diminished. What's that got to do with Chicago, you might ask? The last years of Brian Jones' life are now being played out on stage at the Signal Ensemble Theater. Dueling Critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman debate whether the production Aftermath will give you your “19th Nervous Breakdown” or a “Jumpin' Jack Flash”.

On Stage:
Through June 6
West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex

Jonathan's Pick:
Sweet Tea-Black Gay Men of the South
Through May 29
Presented by About Face Theatre
Viaduct Theatre

Music Button: The Rolling Stones with the song "19th Nervous Breakdown" from the release, Got Live If You Want It