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A live band and a dozen tap dancers prove a potent concoction in "Mixology," Chicago Tap Theatre's fifth-anniversary show. Tapping by artistic director Mark Yonally usually provides percussion for jazz quartet the Rhythm Four, but a drummer fills in for him here, and together the band's vocalist and three instrumentalists creditably cover everything from Gershwin standards and Charlie Parker to Portishead, Sia, and Suzanne Vega. The onstage musicians make company favorites like Glory Box and Torch Trio (set to Peggy Lee songs) really pop. The program includes several of the troupe's trademark thunderous-herd pieces; the closing number, set to a devilishly quick version of "Summertime," is especially impressive. But Yonally also includes softer, more intimate solos and duets, including his ambiguous new solo, Breathe Me, for otherworldly dancer Kendra Jorstad and singer Leslie Beukelman. Here you get a look at the individual dancer, as you do in the lighthearted "heritage" duet Class Act (based on choreography by Cholly Atkins and Honi Coles), performed by Yonally and the sly Sarah Dahnke. a Through 5/20: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, Studio 1, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $15-$25.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Josh Hawkins.


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