By Ian Rigg
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Children of all ages! Prepare to be dazzled, delighted, entranced, mystified!
Step right up folks, step right up, for the show of a lifetime: Circus 1903, The Golden Age of Circus!
Enter a realm of mystery, of musty memory, and watch it light up into a marvel of mirth, merriment, memory-making magnificence (all courtesy of Scenic Designer Todd Ivins)!
With sardonic style and side-splitting showmanship, Ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David Williamson) guides audiences through a three-ring circus guaranteed to make each one seated believe in magic!
The Flying Fins (Artur Ivankovich, Petter Vatermark and Aj Saltalamacchia) are high-flying, high-falutin’ legends of the leap!
Senayet Asefa Amare, The Elastic Dislocationist, has no bones, but gives a gutsy performance that will twist your stomach in ropes!
Some say she’s the greatest aerialist of the generation, some of all time, but you’ll never forget the awe-inspiring aerial routine of Lucky Moon (Elena Gatilova)!
Florian Blummel is the Wizard of the Wheel, doing more on two wheels than any man could do on two legs in his bike ballet!
Brothers Alejandro and Ricardo Rossi body-balance and blast into the great blue yonder!
The Great Gaston (Francois Boire) is the world’s greatest juggler! Watch him laugh in the face of gravity: he could pluck the moon right out of the sky and juggle that, too!
Los Lopez are a flying family, defying death upon the high-wire with the greatest of ease!
This circus has it all: colorful classic costumes (Angela Aaron), compelling compositions (Evan Jolly) and even has elephants (the phenomenal puppetry of Mervyn Millar)!
The magic is brought to you by executive producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment, and the magnificent mind of director Neil Dorward.
For just 25 cents (okay, perhaps not) enter an entertaining extravaganza endeavoring to re-ignite and re-inspire the child in all of us.
Broadway in Chicago invites patrons to enter the tent for “CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus” through March 26 at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph Street, Chicago . More information and tickets are available here.