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Half the 16 dancers here have done Lynne Taylor-Corbett's 30s and 40s revue on Broadway or in a national tour, and it shows: the performances are top-notch. And occasionally the take on a standard is clever, as when Roberta Duchak sings "Cry Me a River" accusingly to an onstage trombonist--who replies. The dancing can be impressive, especially when executed by choreographers Beverly Durand and Mark Stuart Eckstein (director Marc Robin is the third): Durand, who appeared in Forever Tango, slices the air like a knife. But when the pace slows and the mood is supposed to be sexy or serious, the choreography flounders, as in the cliched modern-dance solo to "I'll Be Seeing You." Moreover the dated material is played uberstraight; in 1991 Paul Taylor set dances to the Andrews Sisters in Company B and at least alluded to the prejudices of the 40s. Through 4/24: Wed 1 and 8 PM, Thu-Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 1 and 5 PM. Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Rte. 21 (Milwaukee Ave.), Lincolnshire, 847-634-0200. $42; dinner-show packages available.

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