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Review: Magical Mystery Tour


Dance Kaleidoscope performing one of the songs in Hochoy's "Magical Mystery Tour". - CROWE'S EYE PHOTOGRAPHY

None of us can avoid treading the spectrum of innocence to experience, which is partly why Artistic Director David Hochoy's very personal take on the 60s is captivating. The Beatles, whose look and sound morphed along with the decade, supply the accompaniment.

The dancers fluidly move from youthful optimism to the uncertainty of love, then slide into decadence in the second act, where "Strawberry Fields" and "Yellow Submarine" feature strong, frenzied movement, giving way to the heavy, slack-jawed floppiness of the wasted. Laura Glover's lighting, from sunrise to black-lit neon debauchery, and Barry Doss's costumes, inspired by Peter Max's psychedelic art, are key.

Timothy June gives a technically skilled performance as the lead, showing vulnerability and much tenderness in "Yesterday" and "The Long and Winding Road," and forming beautiful lines with Liberty Harris in the latter. But he seemed hesitant in more forceful pieces, as if he hasn't yet fully embodied all the emotions of the role.

Throughout both acts, the dancers are always reaching - arms wide in a cross of personal sacrifice, or arched to the sky, seeking something higher than themselves. In the final scene, June's outstretched arms include and embrace the audience. The Magical Mystery Tour that is life, Hochoy seems to say, is always best when shared.


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