Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Big Apple Circus:The Grand Tour and Travels With My Aunt

We were given tickets to The Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

Where: Damrosch Park
            175 W. 62nd St.
            New York, NY

When: Now through January 10, 2016

Who: All ages



Mom's view:  The Big Apple Circus is not one of those circuses that just keeps repeating and repeating the same thing every year. This year's version is completely different from previous versions. This year's version is called The Grand Tour. It focuses on the 1920's and different methods of transportation available during that time period. While, for the most part it was not clear what these methods of transportation had to do with any of the acts in the circus, that fact does not take anything away from how enjoyable the circus was over all. This circus is filled with awe-inspiring acts. Even acts that on the surface seem so simple that anyone can do them, such as, a Hula Hoop act and a Juggling act are taken to a whole other other level through the skill and talent of the performers. Other acts in this year's version of the show include an African acrobatic troupe and The Wheel of Wonder. Each act in the show is equally as thrilling as the next. The show also includes two animals acts: a dog act and a horse act. Anyone who worries about animals appearing in circuses just needs to take a look at how lovingly the dogs were treated in this show. There are also a couple of clowns. While not necessarily the funniest clowns ever, they were much funnier than the single clown in last year's version of the show. The circus runs about two hours but it so much fun to watch that it seems to go by a lot quicker. We would highly recommend this entertaining show. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.bigapplecircus.org/


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We were give free tickets to the Keen Company's production of Travels With My Aunt for review purposes any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
 

What: Travels With My Aunt

Where: The Clurman Theatre
            410 W. 42nd St.
            New York, NY

When: Now through November 14, 2015

Who: Adults

Mom's view: If you are just a casual theatergoer who just wants to sit back and be entertained without having to think too much, you probably will not enjoy The Keen Company's production of Travels With My Aunt. This show with four actors taking on a number of different roles throughout the play can be a bit confusing. The talent of the cast, however is quite clear. It is extremely impressive the way each of the actors in the show takes on a variety of different parts. They easily switch back and forth between the different roles sometimes even within the same scene. Yet, they still keep all  the different roles straight and make each of them different from the others. It is hard for the audience to keep the characters straight though especially when different actors often play the same part even within the same scene. This is not a play for children partly because of themes within the show and partly because they would find it hard to follow and just wouldn't be interested in it. However, if you are not a child, and you are interested in a very unique theatrical experience by all means go and see Travels With My Aunt. Just don't wait to long, because this show will only be open through November 14. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.theatrerow.org/clurmannowplaying
        
And that's Mom's view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topic's post for Melia's view of The Big Apple Circus and more.

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