Last Call For Art: Circuses And Murderous Old Ladies

Who knew Houston was such a big circus town? Along with a couple of plays closing this weekend, a trio of circuses are folding their tents (so to speak).

If you can only see one show this weekend, make it Rêver by Sol y Luna Dance Company. Speaking with us, Soly y Luna's Artistic Director Reyie Delgado said, "I wanted to unite the circus world with the dance world, and this is what happened. When you go to the circus, you see one act and then another. We wanted to erase that. And we wanted to bend the rules of dance. In dance, you can only stay on the ground. In the circus, you can work in the air." 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 832-426-4624 or visit www.frenticore.net. $10 to $15.

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There's also the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco. In her preview of the show, Houston Press contributor Julia Ramey said Saltimbanco is "a zany, enchanting adventure into an imaginary city full of strange characters. It just so happens that these tumble, contort, juggle, balance hand-to-hand and launch themselves into free-flying acrobatics from a Russian swing." Friday and Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through July 26. 1510 Polk. For information, call 866-446-8849 or visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. $40 to $95.

Rounding out the trio is Aga-Boom, which Houston Press contributor Bob Ruggiero described as "part outrageous physical comedy and part lowbrow theatrical clowning, with a smidgen of European avant-garde performance art thrown in, Aga-Boom is a show where language is no barrier." 1 and 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Through July 26. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston. For information, call 409-683-4186 or visit www.moodytickets.com. $9 to $25.

Theater productions closing this weekend include Reckless at Company OnStage. The play by Craig Lucas is the strange little story of Rachel (played by Jennifer Wood) who is incessantly happy. Even after she finds out her husband has hired a hit man to kill her, she still finds something to be happy about. She has the good sense to leave him, but she does it with a smile on her face. In his review of the show, Houston Press contributor D. L. Groover said, "It's Rachel in Wonderland as her story devolves into mayhem, tacky game shows, feel-good therapy (Mary McAtee as all six Doctors is showstoppingly good) and poisoned champagne." Casey Coale and Danitra Luers also appear. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through July 25. 536 Westbury Square. For information, call 713-721-0243 or visit www.companyonstage.com. $13 to $15.

Arsenic & Old Lace, presented by the Houston Community College's theater department, is also close to its final curtain. The classic comedy is "about women who kill people, and they're outdone by another family member who kills people, too," according to Director Edward Muth. "It's absurd. To capture that comic absurdity, we've gone really broad, almost slapstick, almost campy." 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Through July 25. Theatre One, HCC Central Campus, 3517 Austin. For information, call 713-718-6570 or visit www.hccs.edu. $5 to $8.

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