The Big Apple Circus is in Town! [Review]

backdropThe Big Apple Circus is here in Boston for seven weeks with their new show, LUMINOCITY, and we were lucky enough to go on Saturday!

The kids loved it. We all had a good time. The Big Apple Circus is a good old-fashioned circus, with people doing tricks. Acrobats! High-wire acts! Horse and pony acts! Dog tricks! Clowns! A proper ringmaster! A flim-flam man (that’s right: a flim-flam man—don’t you just love that word?).
joykidsMost impressive, perhaps, were the Russian acrobats, whose core muscles—unlike the rest of us soft mere mortals—were apparently made of steel.

Necks of steel, too!

Necks of steel, too!

The high-wire act was pretty impressive, too.

She is standing on a chair way up in the air on a tightrope...calmly.

She is standing on a chair way up in the air on a tightrope…calmly.

Most fun (for us, at least, because humans launching humans is just fun to watch) were the sensational Dosov Troupe, who used a teeter-board to burst each other into the air….including people on stilts, who—once airborne—somersaulted and landed on their feet—I mean, on their stilts!

See that blur just above and to the right of the chair? It’s a person. He is about to land, quite neatly, in the chair.

From Big Apple Circus themselves:

Venture within the hubbub at the heart of Gotham, where the restless tide of humanity rushes through canyons of skyscrapers and shoals of billboards: The dog-walker, whose rowdy pups perform amazing tricks! Businesswomen who arrange to meet, soaring high above on a double trapeze! The rube, a clown-prince among peers, celebrating the mirth of life! Revelry at New Year’s Eve, with teeter-board acrobats flying like fireworks! and a chic couple of wire-walkers suspended mid-air for the event! The humble repairman, climbing the ladder of his imagination! The mounted policewoman, directing a cavalcade of steeds! The flimflam man with his quicksilver moves! The food cart vendor, juggling his produce! Construction workers assembling athletic poses of incredible strength! The celebrated Big Apple Circus Band, under the baton of maestro Rob Slowik, provides the lively musical soundtrack, and your cosmopolitan Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, will conduct your tour through this luminous cityscape. Run away and join the Big Apple Circus this season for a dazzling, unforgettable spectacle of wonder, merriment and joy!

(There was no double-trapeze act, but maybe that was just our show.)
In short, the circus is fun and family friendly and small. “No seat,” they like to brag, “is more than 50 feet from ringside!” It’s not too loud or flashy. It’s just a plain old good time. Details:

  • Big Apple Circus presents LUMINOCITY at City Hall Plaza from Tuesday, March 25 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.
  • There are concessions for sale, including cotton candy (what’s a circus without cotton candy?), hot dogs, and beverages (adult beverages, even!).
  • The Big Top is heated in cold weather, and air-conditioned when it’s warm…The show runs for 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission. For more ticket information, group sales, inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.
  • The Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus. Tax-deductible contributions made by corporations, foundations and individuals enable the Big Apple Circus to bring its special magic to diverse audiences through its outreach programs — Clown Care[SM], Vaudeville Caravan[SM], Circus After School[SM], Circus For All!® and Circus of the Senses® — as well as its critically acclaimed performances.
  • More details, including how to buy tickets, can be found here. There are weekend and weekday shows, including midday weekday shows if your kids aren’t in school!
  • The Government Center T-stop is closed for construction, so you can walk from a different stop (not far from Park Street or Haymarket or else park in a garage for a discount. Details on that are found here.
It's right there on City Hall Plaza!

It’s right there on City Hall Plaza!

Don’t miss it. It’s fun. It’s the circus!

[Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the show for review purposes. All opinions are my own.]

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