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Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Dave!It's all a blur so far.

Except when I stopped drinking long enough to go to a show.

For years I've managed to avoid the horrors of Cirquel Jerque de Soleil. Circuses and clowns and crap are not even remotely entertaining to me, and mixing them with acrobats only makes things worse. But, alas, free tickets were included in our travel package, and so tonight was the night. We went to The Beatles' Love because I figured that even if I hated it, I'd at least be able to enjoy the music...

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As expected, I thought the entire show was boring as hell.

I simply don't "get" Cirque de Soleil. A song will start and a bunch of different people will come out and start doing inexplicable crap. Somebody's pulling a cart across the stage. Somebody else is jumping on a bed. Somebody's smashing a wall. Somebody is yelling. Policemen go by on roller skates. A woman in a window frame floats down from the ceiling. Eventually the Ku Klux Klan shows up (no joke). It's just a bunch of random shit going on while Beatles music plays, none of it making much sense... even when the connection to the music was obvious.

Sure, the technical side of the show is amazing. The stage changes and moves in a wide variety of different configurations. There's a part of the show where parachute silk flows out over the audience like billowing waves. Some of the set-pieces are very cool. But none of this was entertaining enough to keep my interest.

I guess I should have kept drinking. Maybe then it would have all made sense.

One more day left in paradise...

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  1. Invader_Stu says:

    Wait. Cirque de Soleil have a Beatles show?!

  2. Mrs. Hall says:

    look. i’ll say it once, i’ll say it again. to start to appreciate cirque de soleil (translated-circus without animals-which you should appreciate being a vegetarian!!!!) , you must start with “O”.

    get the wet seats.


    and laugh and be wowed and enjoy because for the love all that is twisty and bendy and flying throughout the place, it’s suppose to be a circus. which is for kids. which we all started out as.

    so please, give it one more try. try “O”.

    just saying.

    • Dave2 says:

      Because people doing inexplicable crazy crap on water is somehow more entertaining than them doing inexplicable crazy crap on a stage? Sorry, there’s no way I’m going to suffer through this nonsense again… even if it’s on water. Or free. 🙂

  3. Suebob says:

    I swear we were separated at birth. One year when I was in Arizona for baseball spring training, Cirque was appearing. One of our group kindly got everyone tickets and I put my foot down and said no way I was going to the show. So he sold all 6 tickets before telling the rest of the group he had planned for us to see the show. Later I found out that every other person in our group would have wanted to attend, and I felt like a bit of a shit for being the one who refused to go.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    Always drink before shows!
    I don’t get it, either. Meh.

  5. Christopher Stogdill says:

    I guess all you needed was more than love….for the show.

  6. Steve in NH says:

    I’m with you, although I’ve always called it Cirque de Jerque. Gratifying to have one’s opinions confirmed. Steve

  7. I have to admit I saw Allegria with several drinks in my belly and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I saw Quidam with nothing it just wasn’t as good.. heh..

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