Chicago Tap Theatre Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 1 2012

A 1960 French horror flick is the unlikely source for Mark Yonally's tenth tap "opera," Eyes Without a Face. In the film, Les Yeux Sans Visage, a doctor kidnaps women and tries to graft their features onto his disfigured daughter. It's unusually dark stuff for Chicago Tap Theatre, and the surprising effect is to make Yonally's usual cheeriness and humor more poignant. The opera's librettist, slam poet Marc Kelly Smith, has added an avenging sister and a snoopy mime who join a bumbling detective to hunt down the evil yet sympathetic scientist, driven by love and grief to try to reverse the irreversible. Yonally's choreography lays down the emotional baseline, while—in another departure for CTT—Smith performs live narration. Andrew Edwards's recorded score gently propels this oddly gentle story. —Laura Molzahn

Price: $20-$35

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