Oz in the News 8.4.17

Repaving the Yellow Brick Road in ingenious “Bricklayers of Oz” There is something about “The Bricklayers of Oz,” dancer-choreographer Jessica Deahr’s ingenious new hip-hop dance-theater piece for Chicago Dance Crash, that is so imaginative, so playfully revisionist, so of the moment in its biting social commentary, and so superbly realized by all the artists involved, that it feels like an instant classic all its own. Sophisticated enough to please any adult, and propulsive and glittery enough to captivate young audiences, it should enjoy a life far beyond its current brief engagement through Aug. 5 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Info: http://www.chicagodancecrash.com

Wizard of Oz Fest returns to Tinley Park Activities will include performances by the Spirit of Oz costumed characters, talks by John Fricke, noted Wizard of Oz historian and author, an interactive talk titled “All About Oz” with Jane Albright, president of the International Wizard of Oz Club, pie-eating contests and singing competitions. Contestants can try their hand at imitating the Wicked Witch of the West’s distinctive cackle in one competition that will be held. Visitors can walk along a recreated Yellow Brick Road, and in the Dorothy Gale Farm Area there will be hay rides, pony rides and petting zoo. There will also be an opportunity to shoot, using an air cannon, stalks of corn at targets, or race rubber ducks.nThe fest offers a number of food and craft vendors, and costumed Wizard of Oz characters mingling with the crowd. More information is at midwestozfest.com.

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