'Cascabel' ★★★½

In partnership with Rick Bayless, the high priest of Mexican cuisine, Lookingglass Theatre delivers a very sexy and sensual experience with this high-end dinner-and-show attraction. It's as far away from traditional beef 'n' boards as Tijuana is from Tibet. ¿Cascabel¿ has a brief story about a mysterious chef who seduces the owner of a boarding house with his sexy food, and it makes room for beautiful bodies twisting themselves into intimate circus acts. There's nothing even remotely like it in Chicago. The logistics of the night are flawless, with Bayless' food delivered to your seat and deftly integrated with the rest of the theatrical proceedings. And in allowing Bayless not to be a circus act himself, collaborators Tony Hernandez and Heidi Stillman made a very smart choice. -- Chris Jones Through April 29 in Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave.; $200-$225 at 312-337-0665 and lookingglasstheatre.org
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