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The Alley and Alegría offer all-ages shows that adults will actually enjoy

Among the most wondrous scenes is "Fast Track," where a troupe of tumblers flip across an enormous X-shaped trampoline that emerges from the stage floor. Bouncing dangerously close to each other, the performers are exhilarating in both their speed and their grace. Also impressive is Maria Silaeva in the "Manipulation" routine. The impossibly slender Silaeva acts as both contortionist and juggler, spinning silver hoops and silk ribbons in an act that takes rhythmic gymnastics to the extreme. And the muscular Ebon Grayman is stunning as he grabs the two long crimson swaths that allow his gazellelike leaps to rise farther and farther from the ground.

Tony (Ty Mayberry) couldn't know it from her perfect coif, but Alice (Victoria Adams) is from a family of freaks.
Jim Caldwell
Tony (Ty Mayberry) couldn't know it from her perfect coif, but Alice (Victoria Adams) is from a family of freaks.
The White Singer and her New Age songs take Alegría to an emotional dreamscape few circuses dare to visit.
Cirque du Soleil
The White Singer and her New Age songs take Alegría to an emotional dreamscape few circuses dare to visit.

Details

You Can't Take It with You
Through March 29 at the
Alley Theatre, 615 Texas,
713-228-8421. $35-$50.

Alegría
Through April 6 at the tent west of the George R. Brown Convention Center,
1001 Avenida de las Americas, 800-678-5440. $45-$65.

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As always, Cirque du Soleil fills its audience with wide-eyed wonder -- as any good circus should.

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