Yesterday evening, my family and I went to Washington Square Park to catch Circus Amok‘s second show of the day. This year’s show is called “Sub-Prime Sublime,” and it features some of the circus’s trademark set pieces: the opening on stilits; the introductory patter by director and bearded lady Jennifer Miller; juggling by “the Liberty Sisters” (Sybil, Statua, and Liberty Belle), all of whom have beards; tumbling fun; and left-liberal politics. As its title suggests, this year’s show takes aim at those responsible for the lending practices and speculation that have brought the country to the brink of economic cataclysm. Indeed, givent the events of the past week, the show has probably become even more timely than it was at its first performance at the beginning of the month. Dick Cheney loomed large (as a target) in last year’s show, “Bee-Dazzled,” but this year the Bushies barely rate a mention, though Sarah Palin is excoriated at the conclusion of the show by a large puppet-head representing Shirley Chisolm.
This year’s edition sends a blonde-wigged Dorothy (played by Michelle Matlock), who has been rendered homeless in the aftermath of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, on a quest to visit the CERN particle accelrator in search of answers to the great mysteries of the day, accompanied by the Liberty Sisters (Miller, Carlton Ward, and Fernando Wanderley) and Harry Potter (Victor Vauban, Jr.), who’s trying to escape being burned. In addition to Chisolm, the finale features a visit from R. Buckminster Fuller.
My kids, almost-eight- and four-years-old respectively, laughed hysterically at the hijinks, and the older one pronounced it better than last year’s (I think he got more of the jokes).
Here’s a video excerpt of the show shot by yours truly:
You can catch the show at Bedford Playground at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday; Battery Park at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday; Seward Park at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The final performances of this year’s season take place on Sunday in Tompkins Square Park at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.