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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 5 2017

For the bricklayers of Oz, it’s all work and no play. Chicago Dance Crash’s newest story-length dance takes inspiration from L. Frank Baum, offering a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that follows the Witch of the East and her blue-collar minions as they literally lay the groundwork for the Yellow Brick Road. But as we know, the road to Oz is paved in broken promises, and it doesn’t take long before the bricklayers realize they’ve been duped into a life of thankless servitude. That sets up a battle as compelling as it is entertaining, a full-frenzied display of Dance Crash’s signature hip-hop style that’s buoyed by a surprisingly poignant story line. Rapper Al Tamper’s narration, composed of original lyrics, helps a ton, as does choreographer Jessica Deahr’s clever interpretation of a classic, which pays reverence to Baum’s own quirky qualities. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $25, $15 children 12 and under

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