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In CDC in 4-D, the Comedy Dance Collective indulges its oral fixation

It’s a show better consumed in a state of inebriation.


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In Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Sigmund Freud describes the first phase of a child's psychosexual development as "cannibalistic pregenital sexual organization," popularly known as the "oral stage." During this period, which is said to occur between birth and the age of two, the child focuses on receiving pleasure via the mouth. According to Freud, children overindulged or neglected during this stage may develop neurotic oral fixations that manifest as talking, eating, drinking, and smoking too much.

Smoking does not occur during Comedy Dance Collective's CDC in 4-D , and neither does time travel. But an excess of noise and humor that primarily focuses on dancers eating are the primary characteristics of this show. It is also probably better consumed in a state of inebriation.

Directed by Carisa Barreca (who also performed in the Hubbard Street/Second City collaboration The Art of Falling), CDC in 4-D is one skit clambering on top of the next without consideration for logic of any variety. These include pseudo balletic swans horrified by the fauna that frequent Lake Michigan, a sleeping couple vying for space in their bed, a gardener on stilts zealously misting her plants, and the aforementioned dances about food, glorious food: a woman ravening after pizza, a man and his bag of chips, someone making a milkshake to (of course) Kelis's "Milkshake," a ritual staged around opening a bottle of Dr. Pepper, and so on. This makes the sudden eruption of solid Irish step dancing by twins Megan and Teresa Leahey shine even more. "Most people dance only when they are drunk," remarks company member Sarah Barnhardt. Guess why.   v

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