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A CurtainUp Review
This beautiful show is full of spectacle that encompasses Beckettian images of isolation and despair with images of play and lightheartedness. The show's sense of the absurdity of a life where the ground--political and otherwise--is constantly shifting under your feet, reflects the East European influence (much of Slava's troupe hails from Russia).
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Talking is minimal, and a total lack of any narrative thread. Yet, there is a slow build to a real climax that has Slava heading into the maelstrom. This finale blankets the theater in a blizzard of snow and fog to the thundering chords of "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana. The effect is almost blinding. Right on the heels of this stormy coup de theatre there are several minutes of silliness with huge helium-filled balls lobbed into the audience, to be batted around like beach balls at a Jimmy Buffett concert.
A word of advice for anyone who's leery of contact with foreign objects or with clowns, plan to sit as far back as possible. Even then you may not be able to completely avoid getting covered in snow, in cobwebs . . .and in water. The20-minute intermission indeed provides much clowning around with the performers climbing on the seats, investigating clothing and purses and initiating a rain shower. Kids will love this as well as the show overall which is simple enough for the young ones and stimulating enough for the older ones. Slava's Snowshow is easily the most enjoyable show I've seen since Avenue Q. Don't miss it!
Retold by Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Co.
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