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Different and Incredibly Fun, Tap Dogs Enthralls Audiences at DPAC

DPAC will present Dein Perry's <em>Tap Dogs</em> at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th (photo © Chris Richardson)

DPAC will present Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th (photo © Chris Richardson)

Ready for something new and different than your typical theatrical fare? If so, check out DPAC‘s Tap Dogs, a thrilling and super-limited evening of entertainment, onstage now. This production, which is created, directed, and fantastically choreographed by Dein Perry, is a whole lot of foot-stamping fun.

Featuring a crew of eight male dancers and two female drummers set high atop the stage, this performance features all of the heart-pounding, rhythmic fun of Stomp. But, instead of being overly reliant on props, this production is all about dance and skill, making it truly astounding to take in.

Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t some props involved as the dancers slide, step, and swing their way to pure entertainment delight. Clever uses of basketballs, light, and even water play out in this 90 minute breezer, in which time passes by all too quickly.

The fun starts with the majority of the dancers hidden behind a screen so that only their powerful feet are visible, effectively highlighting what this production is all about: frenzied, highly-skilled dancing delivered in a way that is both astounding and…well…just super-fun!

Shifting platforms and surfaces, larger-than-life lighting effects, parting panels, and even some cool extras, like upside down dancing and humorous touches, make for an evening of fun for all ages.

And, speaking of fun, the lively cast of this production is not afraid to clown around or add in touches of humor…though how they manage this through the exhausting set is just one of many things to leave viewers in total wonder.

In fact, “wonder” is the perfect word to describe this fun, fast-paced show. Anyone who needs a break from standard stage-plays in favor of some heart-pounding fun should find a lot to love in this incredible and highly-visual spectacle.

DPAC will present Dein Perry's <em>Tap Dogs</em> at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th (photo © Chris Richardson)

DPAC will present Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th (photo © Chris Richardson)

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District.

TICKETS: $35-$65, plus taxes and fees.

BOX OFFICE:

DPAC Box Office: 919-680-ARTS (2787), tickets@dpacnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events-tickets/where-to-buy.

Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or https://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/369510/913591.

GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events-tickets/group-services.

SHOW: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/tap-dogs and https://www.facebook.com/events/967794010068344/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/user/dpptapdogs.

DPAC NEWS RELEASE: https://www.dpacnc.com/news/detail/dein-perrys-tap-dogs-coming-to-dpac-march-19-20.

THE TOUR: http://www.tapdogs.com/, https://www.facebook.com/tapdogsontourofficial, https://twitter.com/TapDogsOnTour, and https://www.youtube.com/user/dpptapdogs.

TOUR CAST: https://www.tapdogs.com/the-show/cast-of-2018/.

TOUR CREATIVE TEAM: https://www.tapdogs.com/the-show/creative-team/.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.dpacnc.com/, https://www.facebook.com/DPACNC, https://twitter.com/DPAC, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durham_Performing_Arts_Center.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dpacnc.com/plan-your-visit/directions.

PARKING: http://www.dpacnc.com/plan-your-visit/parking.

OTHER LINKS:

Dein Perry (Australian dancer and choreographer): https://www.hlamgt.com.au/client/dein-perry/ (HLA Management Australia bio), https://www.tapdogs.com/the-show/creative-team/ (tour bio), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/dein-perry-407158 (Internet Broadway Database), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0675032/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dein_Perry (Wikipedia).

REVIEWER:

Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.triangleartsreview.com/, http://www.susiepotter.com, and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.

 

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