Cirque Shanghai Extreme | Navy Pier | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Cirque Shanghai Extreme The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays and Mon., July 4. Continues through Sept. 5 2011

Like everything else on Navy Pier, this family-friendly circus is as much about packaging and presentation as it is about the product itself. That product—an all-Asian ensemble including contortionists, acrobats, strong men, and high-wire artists—is high-quality but not really groundbreaking. You can see versions of every act here in any of the other circuses that tour the country these days. The difference is in the eye-pleasing spectacle—and the quick pace. With about two hours worth of material crammed into 75 minutes, even younger, easily distracted audience members are entranced. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$32.50

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