"Absinthe" is playing in a tent structure just outside the front of Caesars Palace. This is a
wild, raunchy, outrageous spectacle filled with outstanding talent and brilliance. This
is an R-rated circus burlesque show that constantly walks the edge between the unacceptable and
the barely acceptable...it is great. It is
a relaxed, unrefined, and comfortable
indulgence that shouldn't be missed. The acts of this circus are all wonderful, and the seating
in the round offers an "in your face"
relationship to the performers. I can't remember
the last time I laughed so much and was amazed so often.
"Absinthe" is performed in the round with unobstructed sightlines and in intimate proximity of
the world-class artists performing amazing
feats of strength, balance, danger and
unfathomable flexibility. It is truly thrilling to watch some of these acts. You envision all
that can go wrong, and you see their death and
injury in your mind, but the skill of
these performers is astonishing. They take their skill and their art right to the edge, and
they captivate us in the audience.
The host of the night's frivolities is "The Gazillionaire." He comes out looking and acting
like a bad stereotype of a '70's lounge lizard.
My initial feeling was that I was going to
hate this guy, but I was so wrong. His comedy and timing were masterful, and he played the
audience beautifully. His assistant is "Penny"---
a very quirky and comical woman, whose sock
puppet intro of an act steals the show. What is so great about these hosts is that, just like
the performers of the acts, always take their
work right to the edge. It is not overdone
and never gets tiring. All of the comedy is definitely geared to adults, and if you're offended
by it, then as in the words of the
Gazillionaire, "You're in the wrong f**king show."
Each of the acts is very impressive. Starting with a chair balancing act and the hand vaulting,
the show got off to a terrific start...only
to be further propelled by the balloon act.
The standing trapeze act was one of the best I have ever seen, and the roller-skating couple
was just amazing. The hand-balancing act, the
high-wire...all of the acts were just
superior and wonderful to watch.
This is the third time that I've seen the show, and I'm just as thrilled with the production as
I was when I saw it for the first time. I
already want to go back and see it again.
If you like the circus, but are tired of Cirque, then go and see this show. If you want to see
and adult themed show, but don't want to a
topless review, then go see this show. I
could go on and on...I could continue to gush about this show, but the bottom line is that it
is a wonderful show filled with
outrageousness...and you should go and see it.