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  Back in the Day at UrbanTheater Company

Back in the Day

UrbanTheater Company
2620 W. Division Chicago

Directed by Raquel Torre and choreographed by Breon Arzell, Back in the Day follows three Northside Chicago dance crews, The All Stars, led by Jose "Gringo" Echevarrķa and their frenemies, The Culitos and Imported Taste when African-American, Latino and LGBTQ dominated the1980's afterhours scene in such legendary local juice bars as Jenal's and Medusas. Back in the Day is much more than the memories of one man about an era in Chicago's history of urban dance and music. It is a fun, poignant portrait of that period, enriched by the voices of dozens of members of those dance crews who shared their experiences and stories with the play's cast and crew during its initial run. It is now part of the collective history of a forgotten aspec of Chicago House music.

Thru - Nov 2, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $15-$40

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 312-767-8821

  Back in the Day Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...From Shannon's "Let the Music Play" opening number to one final, somber performance where the teens grieve the loss of a beloved street dancer and friend, Back in the Day relays a compelling part of house music history that shouldn't continue being left out of mainstream narratives."
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Janaya Greene

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...While a past-versus-present framing device isn't always effective, Back in the Day is a unique and stunning bright spot in a bustling local theater season. In just 80 minutes, an era unfolds: one of elaborate costumes crafted with filched fabric, late nights at Sidetrack and colorful memories to be made among a dark era in U.S. history. UrbanTheater Company's production is a testament to both the beauty of street dance and the power of chosen family, well worth a West Side jaunt."
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Lauren Emily Whalen

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