Saturday, January 16, 2010

Quick Review: Cirque Dreams Illumination – The Palace


What:
Cirque Dreams Illumination at the Palace Theater, Waterbury
Created and Directed by Neil Goldberg

Original Score: Jill Winters and David Scott (additional music by Tony Liperti)
Scenic Design Jon Craine
Production Design Betsy Herst
Lighting Design: Kate Johnston
Costume Design: Cirque Productions, Leonora Taylor, Santiago Rojo
Act Design: Neil Goldberg, Heather Hoffman, Iouri Klepatsky

Summary:
A colorful, fast paced show in the style of Cirque du Soleil (but not at all the same thing) featuring a soloist and music mixed with circus acts.

Highlights:
• Entertaining for kids of all ages
• An act by two male acrobats that is dizzying and groin-defying
• A contortionist, stop-motion dancer
• A high-flying bath-tub act with interesting water effects (watch out, front row)
• A juggling drummer
• A hilarious movie scene directed by a whistle-blowing clown and featuring selected audience members
• Many of the acts you expect to see in this type of show are given a different spin that sets them apart from the norm.

Lowlights:
• The music is canned and very loud, especially when the soloist, who has a belt so loud that she hardly needs a mike, joins the mix. Audience members were especially chatty throughout the show, perhaps thinking their constant and distracting conversation couldn’t be heard over the loud music (they are wrong).
• Sometimes there’s way too much taking place at once. A rope climbing and balancing act compete with each other for attention. When you don’t notice some very large, disembodied suits bopping around on stage, there’s too much to take in.

Information:
Two more shows are available today (Saturday, Jan. 16) at 2 and 8 pm. Tickets are $49-$59 and are available by phone at 203-346-2000, online at http://www.palacetheaterct.org/, or in person at the Palace Box Office, 100 E. Main St. in Waterbury. Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounted rates and should call the Group Sales hotline at 203-346-2002.

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