A Fool’s Journey: A Misfit Circus Cabaret | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Brett Nadal

A Fool’s Journey: A Misfit Circus Cabaret 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017
Price: $27-$36
The hey, hipster friends, let’s put on a show vibe throughout Misfit Circus’s 90-minute cabaret is both its greatest weakness and its most notable strength. While the general lack of aesthetic rigor turns the opening and closing dance numbers into mush and repeatedly strands a ragged three-piece band in limbo, it also gives the evening a relaxed, welcoming air that makes occasional sloppiness feel positively homey. Each of the dozen circus acts is nominally inspired by a tarot card, cursorily explicated by the show’s cunningly naive hostess, Divinity Price. The relationship between card and act ranges from tenuous to nonexistent, but once a few performers have done their beguiling routines—and none more beguiling than Brian P. Dailey’s elegant work with Indian clubs—the question of thematic coherence becomes a niggling distraction. —Justin Hayford



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