I have been to many Cirque shows, two in Vegas, which were spectacular. But, the road shows are not all that.
Last November I went to a show in Dayton, Ohio and was talking up the show to the people who I was with, as they had not seen a Cirque show before. To my complete surprise, the show was just simply “ok.”
Last week, I went to the Cirque show in Chicago and while it was better than the show in Dayton, it still did not compare to the Vegas shows, and much like the Dayton show although it had a different title. Hmmm, quite curious.
Don’t get me wrong, the talent in these shows is tremendous, but for $100/ticket I want to see a little more. Perhaps this Canadian business is opting for the classic American business model; expand to hit a larger market and gain more cash flow. It appears to me that Cirque has mirrored the classic theatre business model, high cost to see the show, then outrageous markups for drinks and snacks because there is no other option; I paid $4 for Dasani water. I inspected the water for flakes of gold, assuming that was why it cost 300% more than at 711, but did not find any.
In short, save your money and see a show in Vegas, NY, or Orlando because the road shows are nothing to write home about. If you feel the need to see a road, just go once, even if the next show has a different name, it is exactly the same. Broadway Box Reviews
Other Unique Entertainment Options in Chicago
Blue Man Group: I have seen this show twice and was utterly entertained both times. The show was quite similar to the last, but they have a good model and mixed it up slightly.
Bye Bye Liver: if you like to drink and laugh, this show is for you. If you are visiting Chicago and want something unique, then check out this BYOB performance.
80s Prom: another interactive show, great for large groups. Be sure to fully participate, dress up 80s prom-like for the full experience.
Smut and Eggs: Twisted Spoke has an interesting concept for those not looking to end the night, Porn and Eggs, I need not say anymore.