It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen: a dark, emotional account of love gone wrong, with moments of levity, clarity and wild freedom. The Chicago Tap Theatre is a gift to the local dance scene: the group is both  staggeringly talented and never afraid to take a chance. With a compelling story, a stunning score and knockout choreography, Time Steps  is a 75-minute emotional journey that’s not to be missed.
 
-Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat

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The production is no mere clothes line upon which to hang some fancy footwork, but rather, takes the challenge of mining the riches of a dance idiom historically associated with light-hearted entertainment, and of harnessing those riches in the service of serious storytelling in a theatrical context. Yonally’s tap choreography uniquely tackles the theatrical mandates of character development, relationship, dramatic intention, dialog, and plot.

-Lynn Colburn Shapiro, SeeChicagoDance
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Recommended *****I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to see Chicago Tap Theatre’s “Time Steps”, but it sure wasn’t the beautiful, evocative and emotional story dance I saw.  This is not the tap you’ll see/hear in a Broadway musical like “42ndStreet”.  In fact, it sounds more like the sounds Irish dancing produces in “Riverdance”.  A cast of 12 incredibly talented dancers perform in one an amazingly creative dance/theater merge.  It’s truly a shame the run is so short.   “Time Steps” gets 4 Spotlights.

-Carol Moore, Around the Town Chicago
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 Story or not, CTT shows are never lacking in creativity, charm, thoughtful attention to detail, and good tapping. Yonally is not typically a hoofer who simply bangs out impressive runs of tap steps, though he can when he wants to. Instead, he uses tap choreography in the same way a contemporary dancer would – conveying emotion and intention using his particular language. When combined with Kurt Schweitz’s best score to date, CTT’s m.o., however formulaic, is a win. And if it ain’t broke…
-Lauren Warnecke, Art Intercepts
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Photos by Josh Hawkins