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Chicago Dance Crash Brief Run (Theater) Critic's Choice Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Aug. 13-15 2010

Rival dance crews, class wars, star-crossed teen lovers--Chicago Dance Crash's new evening-length show, Qwan Sauce!, has all the elements of the iconic 2001 Juilliard-meets-the-streets flick Save the Last Dance. Few words are spoken in this parodic valentine, written and directed by Mark Hackman and choreographed by company members Lyndsey Rhoads and Christopher Courtney, yet the narrative is clear. And like most of CDC's other story dances, it ventures into multiple pop-culture domains, eventually morphing into a reality-show competition with deliciously swishy host Mattrick Swayze (Matthew Hollis). Hackman, who often takes a metatheatrical approach, has devised both a "live-action dance movie" and a backstage farce; each dancer plays both a role and the actor in the role. Daniel "Qwan" Gibson's character, Daniel "Qwan" Gibson, is especially clueless, frequently referring to a synopsis in the program to find out what happens next. Filled with sight gags, ear-blasting pop music, and sometimes breathtaking hip-hop dance, the two-hour Qwan Sauce! flies by. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $18-$20

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