The Devil’s Circus takes us through tightrope walking puppets, trapeze flying marionettes, and the real fate of Elvis Presley, all grand mastered by the greatest circus ringmaster: Satan.
Should you see it?
The Devil’s Circus puts its own spin on the classic Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The duo are tightrope walkers for a circus, yet after a fateful tragedy Eurydice finds herself at Hades gates and welcomed into the arms of the Devil himself to become a Demon in his own circus in Hell.
The Devil’s Circus is light on story, but that’s a-ok, because it picks up beautifully with talented marionette acts. The show really is more of a showcase of puppeteers Daniel Wishes & Seri Yanai’s puppetry abilities. The audience follows a strange and twisted love story that involves Satan falling in love with Euydice, a 3 headed hell-hound who was kicked off a tightrope in a previous life and the self-conceited Orpheus traveling to Hell to try and “rescue” his beloved, all the while musical and acrobatic acts are happening for the audience by a host of different characters.
The Devil’s Circus is bitingly funny and extremely entertaining. The show deserves much more than the 6 person audience that was there when I saw it. The bigger the crowd, the higher energy the payout of the performance will be for this type of show, and it is guaranteed fun for all.
Wishes & Yanai do an impressive job at handling puppets in a way that doesn’t seem possible. They created an amazing trapeze act for one of the marionettes, have hilarious and very talented shadow puppet vignettes and had the Grim Reaper do a bone-shattering dance to a techno version of Fear the Reaper.
I laughed a lot and I think you will to. The Devil’s Circus is devilishly good fun and is a must see at Ottawa Fringe!
Devil’s Circus is a fun, cutesey little love story. The marionettes are great, the production is polished and fun, there’s even some great shadow puppetry. The three main character’s of Euridice, Orpheus, and Satan are all distinct, and interesting, and there’s some cutesy fun humour. More than that, it’s a show with heart. It’s about an unlikely protagonist shoehorned into a role and learning to fly again – both metaphorically and literally – and with some minor tweaks would be a great children’s play (might have to change the title though).
The one thing that slowed the show down was the frequent song breaks in the action. I do get that they needed to get things set up back stage for the next bit, but watching a marionette lip sync to pre-recorded music is really not that interesting. Especially repeatedly.
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For more information on The Devil’s Circus, including show times and how to get advance tickets, visit the show page on OttawaFringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/the-devils-circus/