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Saturday, April 28

A nest with two eggs on the shoulder of a costume designed by Machine Dazzle at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018. The costumes are used by Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Abridged) which will be at Hancher Auditorium on Saturday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
A nest with two eggs on the shoulder of a costume designed by Machine Dazzle at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018. The costumes are used by Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Abridged) which will be at Hancher Auditorium on Saturday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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Hancher audiences saw Taylor Mac perform the “1846—1856 Whitman vs. Foster” segment of his “24-Decade History of Popular Music” in December 2015. Now he’s back with a condensed version of the 24-hour work. The epic musical theater undertaking muses on how communities are built as a result of being torn apart. With more than 246 songs — some original and others popular in the United States from 1776 to now — and more than 13 hours of original text, the entire work is a deconstruction, re-imagining, reframing and re-enactment of 240 years of U.S. history.

Related story: Machine Dazzle’s elaborate costumes on display at Hancher

Hancher: Taylor Mac

7:30 p.m. Saturday (4/28), Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City; $10 to $40, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or Hancher.uiowa.edu/2017-18/TaylorMac

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