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Lucky Plush Productions’ “The Queue” Review – Through May 18, Loveably Off-beat Airport Farce With Energetic Dancing

Photo: Benjamin Wardell

 

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.

 

Photo: William Frederking

 

Lucky Plush Productions’ “The Queue” has all this and more. 

 

Photo: William Frederking

 

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.

 

Photo: William Frederking

 

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.

 

Photo: Dan Plehal

 

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!

 

Photo: Dan Plehal

 

(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.)

 

Photo: Benjamin Wardell

 

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.

 

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