Ain't No Crying the Blues (In the Memory of Howlin Wolf) | Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Ain't No Crying the Blues (In the Memory of Howlin Wolf) Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 11 2013
Price: $45-$65
Chicago blues legend Chester Arthur Burnett—better known as Howlin Wolf—is the subject of this stage biography by Black Ensemble Theater founder Jackie Taylor. Like all of Taylor's shows about African-American entertainers, it favors music over narrative. The production is packed with hits made famous by Howlin Wolf and others, performed by a powerful, first-rate blues band, but the skimpy, nearly drama-free story feels like a hastily written eighth-grade book report. Instead of finding a central conflict or theme, Taylor presents an aggregation of facts. Still, the production features plenty of fine performances; Rick Stone, who's played Howlin Wolf before at Black Ensemble Theater, is especially riveting. —Jack Helbig



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