Slava’s Show is Co-o-o-oold
About 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, to my left TV news anchor Belkys Nerey smiled as her daughter was showered in 10,000 tiny bits of paper. To my right, a dignified Russian woman giggled nonstop as her 70-year-old mom was bonked on the head with a 20-foot diameter, air-pumped ball.
All around the grand hall of the half-billion-dollar Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Parts, fans guffawed as funky weirdness – in the form of Russian clowns -- made ‘em forget about recession and war….Slava’s SnowShow had come to town.
I loved the show, which runs through August 31 and costs $55 (too steep – the sole drawback). There’s lots of humor and some drama – starting when the lead clown – Slava Polunin -- puts a noose around his neck at the beginning of the show. It continues during the show’s best gag, when he cleverly uses a coat rack and a hat to make it look as if he’s saying good-bye at a train station. And it’s most sensory moment comes when the entire crowd is covered several times by an enormous sheet of that rip-away cotton people use to decorate their homes at Halloween.
Polunin, who is now the most famous Russian clown in the world, represents a long history of circus that reached its pinnacle in 1987 or so, when the state-supported Moscow circus had 70 buildings and 50 traveling shows. The Russkiis, then in the heart of Commie angst, invested every penny into a circus as a way to mollify the people. And, more than vodka, it worked.
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Now it may just work for us. So go to the Arsht Center, you loon, and relax. You won’t regret it.
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