Be the Groove | Stage 773 | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31 2008
Phone: 773-327-5252
Price: $10-$20
These are the proverbial kids with buckets o' talent. They've got creativity, stage presence, tremendous energy, and bravura chops, too. The 10-member cast of Be the Groove's Embrace the Fire combine rap, film, hip hop-influenced dance, and all manner of percussion--drumline licks to body slaps--to create a series of tightly choreographed pieces that speak mostly to social ills and their sweetly optimistic determination to overcome them. If the show's got a serious flaw it's the tenacity of that sweetness, which blands things out and makes the ensemble seem oppressively ingratiating (not to say, naive) after a while. For all its passion and accomplishment, Embrace the Fire feels at times like a just slightly funkier version of those saccharine Up with People performances from the 1960s. --Tony Adler



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