Featured Review: Circus Flora Medrano
Circus Flora is back for its 23rd annual visit. Some elements never change: the intimacy, for instance, and the foolish plot that after the first few minutes becomes unnecessary. This year's edition, titled Medrano
, is set in Paris in the 1880s. Some costumes are modeled after raffish characters in Toulouse-Lautrec's Moulin Rouge posters. But all that is ancillary to the show itself, which is simply a wonder. This year's acts are a mix of old favorites (yes, Nino the Clown is back) and new dazzlers, but always the emphasis is on simplicity: the things you can do with a bucket of paint, or a Hula-Hoop! At Circus Flora the snap of a bullwhip has the power of cannon fire, and tiny dogs on a mini-high wire are as enthralling as the Flying Wallendas. Then there's the ineffable beauty of a red silk drape used by Sasha Alexandre Nevidonski to glide onto the back of a magnificent galloping horse. The two-hour extravaganza flows smoothly, with grace and ease. Prepare to be dazzled; prepare to crane your neck; prepare to discover magic in the ordinary. Through June 21 at North Grand Boulevard and Samuel Shepard Drive (east of Powell Hall). Tickets are $8 to $36. Call 314-289-4040 or visit www.circusflora.org
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