I'm not usually one to see a raunchy show like this, but I'd heard so many amazing things about it, I decided to book it for my husband's 50th birthday. I paid extra for premium seating in the first two rows, which could have been a disaster as my husband and I are shy and would have hated to be pulled onstage.
You enter the big top through an outside bar area with plenty of seating. We were told there was a bar inside so we opted for this since it was boiling hot outside. The wait was longer than expected as the bartenders were slow. I'd recommend getting drinks outside to spare you the discomfort of standing in cramped quarters.
The tent furnishings are a vintage lovers dream. It's decorated with unique art, vintage furnishings and a dramatic Absinthe-green curtain draped from the center of the top. This is true seating "in the round" with circular rows of eclectic bar stools with back support. The first two rows do have chair pads which was a nice touch. However, be warned that if you sit there, you may become one of the ringmaster's targets.
About the show - it's best for a VERY mature audience and has several cringeworthy moments. One couple came out with a young college aged son and dad was absolutely mortified by having to hear questionable topics in front of his kid. The announcer makes it abundantly clear that you'll hear all sorts of foul language and vulgarity. No one and no sexual topic is off-limits - you will hear everything.
The ringmaster is a bizarre looking dude with a sleazy voice. He singled out some people in the audience, calling them nasty names, coke heads and making suggestive comments. He called out audience members for being gay, Republican, black, Asian, and goofy white guys. Some of the humor made me squirm because of the racial stereotyping; I was uncomfortable and terrified of being roasted. I noticed that the farther you were away from the small central stage, the less likely you'd be targeted. But if you can get past that and aren't offended by this type of comedy, you'll have a great time.
The cast is comprised of scantily clad, stripteasing acrobats (we're talking pasties here!), mind-bending jugglers, trapeze artists and dancers. Water was used three times and we were provided with plastic sheeting so we wouldn't get soaked. Speaking of getting soaked, one of the most unique acts was a hot guy doing the male version of an acrobat working with silks. I've never seen a beautiful man do acrobatics from a claw-foot bathtub full of water ~ it was mesmerizing! The acts got better as the show progressed, with one of the audience favorites being dancing twin brothers. Their energy and passion was truly inspiring and uplifting. The show ended with a death-defying roller skating duo and an elaborately staged curtain call.
Overall, I'm very happy we went, even if it was just to see my husband laugh for 90-minutes. We enjoyed it and I'd highly recommend it.
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