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The Midnight Circus:When Circus and Theater Collide 

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The move from the cabaret-size National Pastime Theater to the spacious Ivanhoe main stage has diminished neither the charm nor the intimacy of this innovative entertainment, which combines the spectacle of a traditional three-ring circus with the intellectual stimulation of a bona fide play. Now expanded to two hours, the show has also added personnel, enabling the tireless cast to perform in the aisles as well as onstage (if you're sitting in the right seat, you may find an upside-down web dancer smiling at you from less than a foot away). The larger stage also allows for new stunts, such as a springboard back flip into a chair. As before, variety acts alternate with satirical spoofs of theater authority figures who attempt to inject a serious note into the proceedings, only to finally join in the gleeful giddiness. Park your Aristotle at the door. Ivanhoe Theater, 750 W. Wellington, 773-975-7171. Open run: Fridays, 8 PM; Saturdays, 5 and 8:30 PM; Sundays, 4 PM. $18. --Mary Shen Barnidge

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo by Mel Hill.

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