Like the Cirque du Soleil shows they so closely resemble, Neil Goldberg's Cirque Productions performances are fantastic, multimedia affairs. As Cirque Dreams: Illumination performer David Poznanter tells it, "The company combines European acrobatics with an American Broadway feeling." Poznanter should know. He spent time in Europe, where he honed his skills spinning a six-foot metal hoop as well as juggling.
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Cirque Dreams: Illumination takes place on a subway platform. Poznanter, who plays the Train Engineer in the story, says, "The show is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in any American city. It's got a hip, street-smart feeling." The 28 artists from 11 different countries play construction workers, sailors and painters; a journalist narrates the story through song, accompanied by a live saxophone player. "It has a very intimate feeling," says Poznanter, who's been traveling with the show for six months, adding that the circus transforms these everyday folks into something "spectacular and magical." 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through March 7. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.thehobbycenter.org. $24 to $73.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through March 7, 2010