REVIEW: Circolombia’s Acelere at Chicago Shakespeare

As mentioned in a previous post,  Circolombia’s show Acelere is in town, and we saw it last night. It’s the culminating event of Destinos, the Chicago International Latino Theatre Festival. I’m happy to say that I can highly recommend it. It’s a gritty show filled with music, dance, daring young performers, and some unusual circus acts performed well.  Most importantly, […]

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Bad Choice, Halos

I don’t normally give this blog over to political actions, but I want to point out that there’s a company that recently made a negative connotation for going into a life in the circus.  And that really shouldn’t stand unanswered. In the commercial in question, two mean girls tell a nicer girl “We’re going to run away and join the circus.  […]

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Sad news from the Big Apple Circus: Grandma The Clown Resigns

Bary Lubin as Grandma the Clown

I read with a heavy heart the story about Grandma the Clown (Barry Lubin) ‘s resignation from the Big Apple Circus. It suffices to say that this is terrible news for everyone all around.  Of course, for the young girl, and for Barry, and for Barry’s friends, and for the Big Apple Circus, and of course, circus people […]

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CircusTalk: LinkedIn for the worldwide Circus Community

I’ve recently joined a new social network. If you are reading this blogpost, you may be interested in it also.  It’s called CircusTalk, and it’s a professional social network for circus performers worldwide. The basic idea is to use the same kinds of digital tools that other professions use, but gear it towards circus.  It’s LinkedIn for circus! Once you […]

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Semi Circus: Murmurations

A version of this review of the Semi Circus show Murmurations originally appeared on the blog Semi Circus  Murmurations   I recently saw a new Chicago circus perform their first show.  Semi Circus started in 2016 as a circus collective.  They use circus skills, physical theater, improv and other skills to create plays.  Murmurations is their first show. The show […]

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Review of Cavalia’s Odysseo

Montreal circus company Cavalia has a new show that opened recently in Chicago (playing through April 23, 2017 at Soldier Field). The show is called Odysseo and bills itself as “The Best Show Ever.” That’s a lot to live up to.  It’s a beautiful, sumptuous show that has amazingly talented acrobats, equestrians, and some of the most talented and trained horses […]

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American Theatre Clowning Documentary

Just discovered (thanks to Jim Moore’s Vaudevisual site)  this documentary about American theatre clowning from the American Theatre Wing.  Features Slava Polunin, David Shiner, Joel Jeske, and Brent McBeth talking about the clown, what works, what doesn’t and the work of being a theatrical clown. So what’s great about this video?  Well, clearly, one of the things I love is […]

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Flea Circus in Chicago July 16-18

Flea Circus Customized Trailer

Tiny Performers To Entertain in Chicago Parks ============================== SUMMARY: WHAT: Acme Miniature Flea Circus in the Chicago Park District WHERE: July 16 6:30 pm Paschen Park (1932 W. Lunt Street) WHERE: July 18 2:00 pm Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk Street) COST: FREE! (seating limited, please arrive early) MORE INFO: MORE INFO: PUBLICITY PHOTOS: Press Images of the […]

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