Everything Old is New Again

Old-school circuses are so out of style. Who wants to fight through crowds of animal rights protesters only to see a gaggle of abused animals trotting around in tutus while creepy clowns in unwashed costumes squirt each other with seltzer water? The good people at the New Shanghai Circus abuse themselves instead. The show is filled with contortionists, jugglers, and acrobats doing things that just don’t seem possible. For two hours, you’ll be amazed by the ways these performers can stuff themselves into barrels, stack into twisted human pyramids, and effortlessly balance across tightropes. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the assortment of awful sights and smells that accompanies traditional circuses. The New Shanghai Circus is taking place at 7 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased at parkerplayhouse.com, or by calling 954-462-0222.
Tue., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2009
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Brett Gillin