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526 Star Starred
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60601
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3.4 / 5 Rated by 153 members
Review from MuzikSutra
9 events 2 reviews

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

reviewed Dec 06 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Kim
20 events 6 reviews

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

reviewed Dec 03 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Stephen G.
12 events 12 reviews

A charitable 2 stars. But as a longtime fan of the Cirque, it was really a disappointment. A couple of good acts (gymnastic, acrobatic, juggler types) in the Cirque tradition, and good live music. Really tedious clown acts: tired vaudville...continued

reviewed Dec 05 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

Cavalia: <em>Odysseo</em> KIDZ BOP St. Patrick's Day Party at Clark Street Ale House Bernadette Peters & the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Historic Theatre Tour <em>Love's Labor's Lost</em>