I Gotcha (The Story of Joe Tex and the Soul Clan) | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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I Gotcha (The Story of Joe Tex and the Soul Clan) 

When: April 24-26 2009
Price: $40-$45
Like its vibrant predecessors, Black Ensemble Theater's latest revival is classic conjuring. With religious fervor, director Jackie Taylor brings to life Joe Tex and three other great 1960s composer-singers: the "soul men of Atlantic Records," Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, and Wilson Pickett (the terrific trio of Daryl D. Brooks, Magellan Watts, and Trinity P. Murdock). The show focuses on Tex's struggle to reconcile his urges to funk and fuck with Elijah Muhammad's injunction that he sacrifice his gifts to Allah. It's easy to feel the heat from music director Jimmy Tillman's kick-ass re-creations of "Skinny Legs and All," "Stand by Me," and "Fever." Lyle Miller's Tex croons a score of jukebox gems. The message matters less than the music, but this script by David Barr III and Joe Plummer, set at a last-chance 1981 reunion, serves both better than Taylor's previous creations. --Lawrence Bommer

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