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The Devil's Circus

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When tightrope-walker Eurydice is dropped — literally — by her partner, Orpheus, she arrives in a strange hell. Here, Satan isn’t all that bad, the demons resemble well-known celebrities, and everyone is a marionette.

Puppeteers Daniel Wishes and Seri Yanai, who also constructed the puppets, must be commended for their craft. Complex marionettes and shadow puppetry are used (watch for “panting Satan”) and Wishes’ voices for the wonderfully funny Devil and self-obsessed Orpheus are especially good.

The play may struggle to find an audience, though, because most kids and young teens who’d enjoy the puppets wouldn’t follow the parade of ’60s and ’70s pop-culture jokes, nor the reference to God casting down Lucifer. Some adults may tire of a full hour of marionettes. And some of the songs need editing.

But even if it’s not as sinister as the program suggests (note the general rating), it’s still devilish fun, in a devil’s food cake kind of way.

— Janice Sawka

From the Fringe program:

Cast: Daniel Wishes, Seri Yanai

 

Ladies and Gentlemen! There is a special place in hell for circus performers. A place where demons clown around and do tricks. Where the Devil himself plays the ringmaster.

 

See Bunraku puppets and 19th century trick marionettes tell a twisted version of the classic Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice.

 

Step right up for the Greatest Show Not on Earth!

 

http://www.thewishes.ca

 

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

 Door Discount: $7 for Students

 

Warnings: None

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