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The Five Lotus Blossoms

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In this 60-minute adaptation of a Chinese folktale by writer-director Tami Zimmerman Henry, the lotus fairies become bored with dance parties and mah-jongg in their home by the heavenly Pool of Green Waves and disobey their guardian to play in the mortal realms. When a drought threatens the earth, they risk everything to rescue their newfound companions. This Tireswing Theatre family show has its flaws--choreographer Ling Ling Pao's dances, though exquisite, tend to halt the dramatic action. And Ray Chao, playing a variety of characters, is clearly out of his league. But Denice Lee, Jennifer Shin, Melissa Canciller, Aimee Shyn, and Semi Lee make the five irrepressible heroines captivating. Through 5/8: Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 78 E. Washington (enter at 77 E. Randolph), 312-961-5827 or 866-468-3401. $10-$15.

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