As it enters its 25th year, Mystere will always be fondly known as the first (and many say the best) of Cirque du Soleil’s multiple Las Vegas productions. Although there have been some tweaks here and there and a few new acts were added in 2012, the show is pretty much the same as it always has been, which, in a word, is stunning. It’s the closest to the original ethos of the Montréal-based company’s unique circus experience, which focuses on feats of human strength and agility all wrapped up in performance art elements both absurd and surreal. The show features one unbelievable act after another (breathtakingly beautiful aerial maneuvers, seemingly boneless contortionists and acrobats), interspersed with Dadaist/Commedia dell’arte clowns. All this and a giant snail! The thesaurus runs dry trying to describe it: dreamlike, suspenseful, erotic, funny, mesmerizing, and just lovely. At times, you might even find yourself moved to tears. I’m not ashamed to admit I was. Catch it Saturday through Wednesday at 7 and 9:30pm, or pop in for free dress rehearsals on Saturdays from 3 to 3:45pm or Sunday from 5 to 5:30pm.
- Grace Bascos