Banana Shpeel Opens Tonight

Banana Shpeel, Cirque du Soleil’s vaudeville-themed show starring David Shiner opens tonight at the Beacon Theatre. While my deep-seated circus jingoism has heretofore kept me from attending any productions by this French-Canadian Elite Clown-Show with No Animals, I did see Shiner (with Bill Irwin and the Red Clay Ramblers) on Broadway in Fool Moon a few eons ago, which I enjoyed immensely. Furthermore, I appear in a documentary film produced by Cirque in connection with this show, which explores the history of vaudeville for the benefit of fans and audience. So my curiosity will likely outstrip my stubbornness in this case, and I may actually try to see it! How’s that for a ringing endorsement?

To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.



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