Review Of Laughternoon, starring Adam London

Updated 12/04/2004

Laughternoon, starring Adam London (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

"Legends on Ice," subtitled "the stars are out tonight," is playing in the outdoor Roman Plaza at Caesar’s Palace. With make shift bleachers and a sheet of ice set down right next to the Strip, the show attempts to dazzle us with lights, sounds, and skating. Unfortunately, the attempt is a hollow one, and it fails miserably. There are a lot of elements that work against this production, and while I applaud the attempt and the effort, the show is painful to sit through on many levels. With a title like, "Legends On Ice: The Stars Are Out Tonight," one would expect to have either a legend or a star in the cast. Now unless you are an ice skating aficionado, there is not one recognizable name out there---with the minor exception of Rudy Galindi, but does he truly qualify to have "legend" status? "The stars are out tonight" comes off as a bad underhanded marketing ploy, because yes, indeed, if we looked up, we could see stars. Ha, ha, okay, you got me on that one. Rudy Galindi is the best thing in the show, but we see far too little of him to truly make a difference. The rest of the cast seems lackluster at best. Battling with props and costumes, the company of skaters seems to mark through their moves. It was so obvious that during one number, my 10-year-old daughter turned to me and said, "they don’t look like they’re really trying too hard," and she was painfully right. The outdoor ice rink is a good theory. The reality is with nothing to generate or hold heat; the solid metal bleachers succumbed quickly to the cold desert night. I had dressed warmly, but it was still a far cry from what was truly needed. I hadn’t anticipated the need for blankets, pillows, and padding to protect myself from both the bleachers and the wind chill factor. The lighting of the show was muddled---both by awkward and inept lighting cues, and all of the work lights that were shining down on us from the new Caesar’s tower that is now under construction. The construction lights were very distracting and constantly annoying. The sound was diminished by the sounds of the city. Since the plaza is right next to the Strip, in addition to the music, we also listened to the sound of traffic and tourists. It was rumored that headliners would be brought in periodically, but that becomes a haphazard and hit-or-miss approach to buying tickets, and your entertainment dollars could be spent more wisely. The show was only an hour and ten minutes long, but it felt like an eternity. The show is a good idea, and done right, it could be a successful and wonderful experience. This production will have to serve as the shakedown cruise where they figure out what not to do next time.