Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder Agenda Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2013

Navy Pier, that lively commercial forgery of the urban experience, makes the perfect stage for this Cirque du Soleil knockoff, which is produced by an unrelated Beverly Hills-based company. Shanghai is a much cheaper ticket than the real deal, and a cheaper production too. The set twinkles with Vegas glitz, speaker towers pipe canned music, and the acrobatics—stunning and skillful as they are—are choreographed to awe with displays of overt strength, instead of making the impossible seem effortless. The show has no soul, for the most part, but it's still fun. Like the Pier itself, you'll either savor its easy thrills in blissful ignorance, or pretend to be too jaded while you enjoy them all the same. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15.50-$29.50

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