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The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60601
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The weather was very hot .
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11 events
7 reviews
13 stars
Parking around corner at 20 e randolph very convenient. But make sure validate park ticket loby of garage. We paid $41 cause did not notice. Price should have been $25. Would not give me refund next day.
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"Banana Shpeel" from "Cirque du Soleil"
153 ratings
3.4 average rating
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9 events
2 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 06 2009

The dancing acts and especially the pole acrobat in white was amazing. The vaudville schtick between the 2 main characters was ok, and pretty funny, but it dragged on for a while. I was pretty surprised at the rather adult humor/jokes that were...continued

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6 reviews
4 stars
attended Dec 03 2009

This was my first Cirque du Soleil event and I knew that they had changed the show so that it included more than just acrobatics, but I wasn't prepared for the non-acrobatic routines to be so poor. The shtick and dancing routines were mediocre at...continued

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54 events
3 reviews
13 stars
attended Dec 03 2009

Unfortunately, I have to agree with reviewers in both the Sun-Times and the Tribune. The special acts were the best part about it, followed by the dance numbers. The schtick of the clowns went on too long, took you nowhere and contributed very...continued

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Visit the Banana Shpeel creation journal at Cirque du Soleil’s website for an insight into the production.


Banana Shpeel is a roller-coaster mix of styles that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, all linked by a hilarious narrative that ignites a succession of wacky adventures. This is not circus, or a musical or a variety show, or even vaudeville. Get ready for an exciting fusion of genres, directed by David Shiner — accomplished comedic actor, Broadway creator and director of KOOZA from Cirque du Soleil.