Saltimbanco | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

There's always an air of mystery and excitement when Cirque du Soleil sets up shop in Chicago. In part it's the simple thrill of the enormous blue-and-yellow big top, the hum of power generators inside the deep blue semitrailers that circle the tent. But most alluring is the knowledge that the whole thing is fleeting--a mobile universe that will soon pack its bags and be gone. Like Cirque du Soleil's past two shows, the new Saltimbanco has no animal acts, Keystone Kops, or sequined beauties. This Quebec-based circus is something else. It's rock-and-roll commedia dell'arte magic. It's contortionists, acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, clowns, and tightrope walkers. And it's amazing. Just like you always dreamt the circus would be: a little eerie, a little sexy, and sometimes irritatingly silly. If you've ever thought about running away and joining the circus, avoid this show. All your friends will wonder where you went once the tent's pulled down and the caravan has slipped out of town, seemingly through a crack in the night. Cityfront Center, McClurg Court and Illinois Street across Ogden Slip from North Pier Chicago, 755-1255. Opens Wednesday, July 28, 7 PM. Open run: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Fridays, 6 and 9 PM; Saturdays, 4:30 and 8:30 PM; Sundays, 1 and 5 PM; Friday, July 30, 7:30 PM only. $12.50-$35.50; $6-$23.50 for children.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Al Seib.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Maura Troester

Popular Stories