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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 13 2009
Phone: 800-838-3006
Price: $18-$30
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Tired of holiday shows that are either sticky-sweet or so sour and cynical they set your teeth on edge? Try Chicago Tap Theatre's Tidings of Tap!--an upbeat, ecumenical, sometimes even ruminative tap-dance celebration of the season. New this year is artistic director Mark Yonally's "Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah," an athletic piece for three guys whose inner Russians take over their tapping. Also on the Hanukkah front, CTT taps a funny a cappella "Hava Nagila" and the flamenco-tinged "Ocho," set to the Ladino song "Ocho Kandelikas" as played by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Other premieres include Kendra Jorstad's "Stuck in the Airport," Yonally's "Snowfall," and "The Beatcracker," danced to the accompaniment of loopy live beat-boxers who veer off from Tchaikovsky into pop. Altogether there are 14 short pieces on the program, most by Yonally, though Jorstad also contributes a jazzy "Jingle Belles." The whole program is suitable for kids, though they might especially appreciate the Wii dance ("Best. Gift. Ever.") and the "Name That Tune" solo bits: sing-along interludes based on audience suggestions the performer draws from a hat.
— Laura Molzahn

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