Theatre Review: “Circus 1903: The Golden Age Of Circus” Has Everything Except The Fast Pace Needed To Keep You Awake

“The greatest feature of the entire show was the two life-like elephants, mother and baby, whose training experience featured groundbreaking puppetry that was nothing less than an awesome coordination of highly-experienced talent and professionalism.”


 

Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more!

The opening act featuring The Ringmaster walking through the audience, showering individuals with popcorn, was humorous and unexpected, and created a sense of excitement for a style of entertainment that has waned throughout the years. Add to it the unassuming child from the audience who became a painfully humorous part of the act, and the stage was set to deliver a long-awaited funfest. As the acts took place, one by one, the acrobats, contortionists, and puppeteers displayed amazing talent which was supported by a well-choreographed set whose wardrobe and antics were an awesome, turn-of-the-century treat.

The greatest feature of the entire show was the two life-like elephants, mother and baby, whose training experience featured groundbreaking puppetry that was nothing less than an awesome coordination of highly-experienced talent and professionalism. Every movement of the amazing animals was life-like while displaying a heartwarming tale of a patient mom dealing with a headstrong child with boundless energy and limitless fear. The award-winning team who designed and built this surreal attraction, have an awesome product that could stand alone in its greatness.

The idea of bringing back the old-style circus to a theatre stage was definitely an amazing concept. Knowing that the producers of “The Illusionists” and “War Horse” were behind the idea, was almost a guarantee of a successful venture whereby the marriage of magic and showmanship would be a match made in heaven. The failure though, to infuse the continuous element of surprise which creates awe and excitement, was a massive oversight that resulted in a far-reaching yawnfest that engulfed the audience row by row, and could not be reversed in enough time to salvage the burning disappointment that flowed through the illusional tent of regret. If you can stay awake intermittently in order to catch the really good parts, it is well worth it….otherwise, be very prepared.

Now Performing at the Music Hall at Fair Park thru June 4th


 

Tracee Bond

Tracee is a movie critic and interviewer who was born in Long Beach and raised in San Diego, California. As a Human Resource Professional and former Radio Personality, Tracee has parlayed her interviewing skills, interest in media, and crossover appeal into a love for the Arts and a passion for understanding the human condition through oral and written expression. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and considers it a privilege to be complimented for the only skill she has been truly able to master without formal training!
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