Soundtrack City Chicago | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Performing Arts Review

Soundtrack City Chicago


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


There's no denying "human beatbox" Yuri Lane's mad skills or freakish repertoire of rhythms and sounds. And his best bit--a heavy-beats-and-harmonica blues fusion--is a real barn burner. But if 90 minutes of his guy-from-Police Academy meets the Fat Boys shtick strikes you as a recipe for mime-level annoyance too, no amount of chops is gonna change your mind. Lane's hip-hop tour of Chicago isn't aided by the Frommer's-style list of neighborhoods visited, a faint story driven by a superficial take on gentrification, or the collection of patly precise, staggeringly unimaginative neighborhood types he and writer-director Rachel Havrelock have devised. Through 10/29: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM. Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western, 773-296-6024. $10-$20; industry nights through 9/25.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment