You’ve been there—the airport waiting area where you overhear intimate conversations you’d rather you didn’t. You’ve likely also been in the place where people are squirming about an imminent death—but it probably wasn’t so comical. And if you’ve seen “Cosi Fan Tutte” or “Zorba the Greek” you know the way greedy relations swarming like vultures around a deathbed can bring out the laughs.
Lucky Plush Productions’ “The Queue” has all this and more.
The more is especially energetic dancing where tripled tango mélanges float and jump across the stage, wheelie suitcases seem to double the size of the dance troupe, and spirited acrobatics keep your attention as hopping as the dancers are. Above all, Julia Rhoads (Lucky Plush founding Artistic Director) and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig (co-founder of 500 Clown) give us humor—offbeat, quirky and happily piled on.
The seven performers (Francisco Avina, Michel Rodriguez Cintra, Mar Macaranas, Melinda Jean Myers, Cassandra Porter, Benjamin Wardell, and Meghann Wilkinson) have a knack for making it seem like everyday people just break out in pirouettes to punctuate a sentence. They are accompanied by a two-man piano and drum band, The Claudettes (Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey) who want you to toy with the idea of classifying their music as “post-burlesque” vs. “new-vaudeville” “vs. “cosmic-cartoon”. Whatever you call it, these musicians are equally charming when they are playing mouth organs with piano keyboards as when they act out their lunch break.
The dancers never lose steam, if perhaps the plot line does. Never mind that, it’s still worth the trip to the former Viaduct Theater (3111 N Western Ave). The comic narrative skits make modern dance accessible to all audiences. Bravo!
(Warning: It’s now called Links Hall, but If you google “Links Hall” for the address you’ll still get the Google Places ad for the space on Sheffield. Don’t go there—wrong place.)
Now through May 18.
Links Hall, 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago
For tickets or information visit the Links Hall website or call 773-281-0824.