The 38th Big Apple Circus is intimate, imaginative, the perfect introduction to the circus with some of the dogs that entertain coming in as rescue pups. This year’s show, “Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour,” is heavy on the acrobatics, with smart comic clowns and dog acts. Missing are the animal acts I remember as a child.
Director Mark Lonergan and Joel Jeske have teamed for a sophisticated show, which does not talk down to children or adults. Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, takes us back in time to the trains, planes, automobile and boats of the 1920s. The clowns, Mr. Jeske and Brent McBeth are our guides to this zany world. Chiara Anastasini makes hula hoops a balletic practice as the Energy Trio, shows grace in balancing. The only animal act of dogs is adorable. The hamster wheel of death is aim to scare and amaze. Looking a lot like a James Bond runaway from Spetre, Sergey Akimov performs a stunning aerial act that is sure to make 007 jealous. Alexander Koblikov juggles and looks good. The Dosov Troupe makes you glad a tetter totter is no longer in the playground, for fear of what your child might try to emulate.
One of the most interesting acts included the clowns playing musical chairs with the youngsters in the audience. The children will really make or break this. The child from my audience was determined to outwit the clown and had the support from the entire audience.
All in all it is a entertaining and energetic show.
Big Apple Circus: Lincoln Center until Jan. 10th.