Emerald City Theatre’s ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ is a feast for the eyes

Everybody knows that dragons love tacos. (Wait, you didn’t know that? It’s a well-documented fact in Adam Rubin’s New York Times bestseller; it’s practically a field guide.) Whether you’re a fan of the book or a newbie as to the culinary habits of dragons, everyone will find something to savor in Emerald City Theatre’s smokin’ new production of “Dragons Love Tacos.”

If you go

Emerald City Theatre

2936 N Southport Ave., Chicago, IL

Runs through Jan. 3, 2016



If you go

Wildlife Discovery Center

1401 Middlefork Dr. Lake Forest, IL

Sunday, Oct. 25

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


The premise is as old (and relatable) as time: You’re bored. You end up with a manual about dragons. You find yourself surrounded by them (FYI, they’re exceptional dancers). You hear they dig tacos. You host a taco party. And before you can ask yourself “what just happened to my house,” you find that you’re not quite so bored anymore.

Adapted by Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, directed by Morgan Ashley Madison, and co-created with the Chicago Repertory Ballet, “Dragons Love Tacos” is a feast for the eyes. With the exception of the wonderfully omniscient Man in Suit (narrated to perfection by Andrew Goetten), the action is largely dialogue-free. It’s an effective blend of miming, mixed media and, of course, balletic dragons that stays true to the tale while adding some fun new details and ideas. The Boy and his dog Leroy (the in-tune duo of Liam Dahlborn and Erik Strebig) are joined by the Red, Blue, White and Yellow Dragons (Christina Chen, Jon Martinez, Michelle Reid, and Lucy Zukaitis, respectively)- and it’s hard to say, out of the whole cast, who steals the show most. They’re all terrific. They’re all zippy and engaging. And they all really, really love tacos.

Dragons Love Tacos is a must-see for families, taco enthusiasts and anyone who’s ever had “nothing to do.” But if–and when–you go, hold off on the spicy salsa.

Trust me.

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