UniverSoul Circus | 555 E. 51st | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

UniverSoul Circus The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2017

There's a sometimes charming casualness to this one-ring circus, founded in 1994 by Cedric Walker and led in its 2017 iteration by low-key ringmaster Lucky Malatsi. At times it can feel like the show's being devised on the spot, but it's clear the slouchy looseness is just an act meant to help the audience relax—as if it could in the face of acts like the trio of contortionists called the Bone Breakers or the motorcycle team who repeatedly send their machines careening crazily over the stands. The nearly three-hour-long spectacle also features lots and lots of show-stopping audience-participation bits—maybe too many. —Jack Helbig

Price: $17-$45

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