06 December 2011

After 30 straight hours of driving, we made a two-night stopover in Las Vegas on our Great American Road Trip this past summer. Fulfilling our duty as good tourists we bought tickets to the best new show in town - Absinthe.

The New York Times offers a fantastic synopsis: "Imagine Cirque du Soleil as channeled through "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and painted by George Grosz. A blend of skill, erotic innuendo and zaniness. The memorable moments make a jaded audience literally gasp."

The venue was constructed to appear as a traveling show - weathered, vintage decor inside and out - it stuck out like a sore thumb on the immaculate stone plaza at Caesars Palace. With velvet curtains, aged antiques, and cast members showing patrons to their seats you couldn't help but feel transported to 1940's New Orleans.

The stage was round, and seating was limited - just four or five rows of chairs circling the 12' performance platform, giving you a great sense of intimacy to the acts. One minute acrobats are twisting and turning directly over your head, and the next a sultry burlesque woman is seducing you just inches from your fingertips. It was Las Vegas variety at its best.

Avi's favorite act: Skating Duo.
All three intensity-building minutes are a must watch.

July 12, 2011
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV USA

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