OVO – Cirque Du Soleil

Directed & Choreographed by Deborah ColkerOVO - cirque du soleil

At The United Center in the tent in the parking lot

Over produced Cirque Du Soleil insect show bugged me

OVO, the latest performance art & acrobatic show by the Montreal based Cirque Du Soleil, is a slow starting show that sure has its moments but also contains  long slow parts with too much irritating and not funny clown routines.  The insect costumes are amazing, the lighting surreal, and the staging is first class but the show has too much dance and not enough acrobatic and circus acts to sustain over two hours of show time.

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The high flying act was breathtaking and the aerial silk and straps duo were amazing but there was too much contortion and insect-inspired dance for my taste. But, then the audience seemed to enjoy this show more than I did. I liked the trampo-wall act that ended the show. The techno music worked to create the proper atmosphere but, once they add more circus acts and cut the tedious clown bits, OVO will emerge as a terrific show. There was too much slow moments for me. Perhaps I’ve seen too many Cirque Du Soleil shows? High ticket prices prevail so look for the family deal – 2 adults and 2 kids for $150.

Somewhat Recommended

Tom Williams

Talk Theatre in Chicago podcast

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2011

For full show information, go to the OVO page at TheatreinChicago.

At the United Center parking lot, Chicago, IL, www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo, tickets $68.50 – $208.50, Tuesdays thru Thursdays at 8 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 4 & 8 pm, Sundays at 1 & 5 pm, running time is 2hours, 45 minutes with intermission, through August 21, 2011