Clown Show Delayed Again


The first performance of Cirque du Soleil's terrifying-seeming, clown-filled Banana Shpeel, once scheduled for February 4 at the Beacon Theater, has been pushed back a second time, from February 25 to March 17. The show was poorly reviewed when it opened in Chicago last year, and Michael Riedel's delightful report on Banana's behind-the-scenes problems from Wednesday doesn't inspire much hope that the New York version will be any better. But according to a press release, "the rehearsal period at the theater has been extended to integrate new performance elements," so anything could happen! (It will still definitely star clowns, though.) [ArtsBeat/NYT, NYP]