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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 16 2017

Coinciding with the return of 1950s-style xenophobia, Chicago Tap Theatre’s third staging of Changes brings back alien invasions and benevolent Americans in a so-called sci-fi tap-dance opera about good aliens, bad aliens, and a heroine who acts as witness, victim, and ineffectual savior within a narrative of seduction, betrayal, and redemption. Is tap an appropriate medium for a story of such evident complexity? Sort of—if instead of bel canto you prefer the repartee of the feet, and you appreciate an outer space that looks like vaudeville transposed by a few pixels so that hayseeds hoofing with canes become corseted extraterrestrials swinging flashing bazookas to a score of Bowie hits. Lasers, fog, rockets, and the curiously asynchronous playing of a string duet aside, tap’s best use here is the tantrum tattoo of protest in the intergalactic battle finale. —Irene Hsiao

Price: $23-$37

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