Not too long ago I was one of the lucky few who scored tickets to Yelp Night at Zarkana and enjoyed the event immensely!
Now, I have seen many Cirque du Soleil shows from NY to Vegas to Orlando, and even though I thought this was a notch below the performance and story levels of the others it is still a spectacle to behold.
The amazing athleticism, balance, timing, and strength that the performers utilize in each act is sometimes breathtaking, and very hard to fathom even trying any of it myself. Even though I work out and am pretty fit these professionals just blow me away. The trapeze artists, feats of strength, acrobats, jugglers, etc, all put on a show of skill with nerves of steel. I would be a mess if I tried any of it! Call the ambulance!
Having the show for it’s final touring year in Radio City Music Hall was also a sight to behold. The venue is absolutely huge, and easily houses this stage show along with more than enough ceiling height for the aerial maneuvers. As will all Cirque shows the musicianship and vocals are amazing. The stage setup is also a marvel, with long dramatic red velvet drapes hanging down and a very cool 3-D video effect along the sides, top, and back of the stage adding depth and visual effects to each act. Not a bad view at all from mid orchestra, and I would assume there’s not a bad seat in the house, but scoring seats closer would give one the full feel of the show.
As within Cirque’s realm of imagination the story line is always a bit strange as if on some weirdo hallucinatory trip. I think Zarkana was about the ringmaster’s lover dying and then being reborn as a giant baby in a glass water bubble representing her life or something. Huh? Really? Yup – just go with it. But the clowns are funny, as always, and offer some much needed comic relief when the show drags on a bit.
Definitely worth seeing if you can scoop up some discounted tickets, as there are many offers running I have seen on Groupon, Living Social, Playbill, etc. that will save you a lot of moolah. It’s now playing in Vegas as a residency at the Aria Resort & Casino. Seems Vegas has become the main destination for Cirque shows as there are a bunch to choose from now performing there. Hey Atlantic City, take note!
Zarkana is another in along line of epic Cirque du Soleil shows that are being performed throughout the world. You go to see the amazing scale of tightrope walkers, sand artists, trapeze daredevils, contortionists, feats of strength, acrobats, outlandish outfits, and clowning that has become part of every Cirque show experience, along with some dramatic and ethereal background music. Plus, with the gibberish language that many of the performers use to communicate there is not much to concentrate on so sit back and enjoy!