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Forget green fairies, Absinthe is the best thing I’ve seen in Vegas

2 Comments 08 February 2013

Forget green fairies, Absinthe is the best thing I’ve seen in Vegas

If Absinthe were a woman, she’d be perfect.

Fun, sexy, silly, beautiful, flexible and a tad raunchy!

The good news is, Absinthe is not a girl, but one of the very best shows in Las Vegas at the moment, which means we can all have a go.

When Abby Tegnelia recommended me to this show, I said yes immediately. Not only because it sounded amazing, but also I’ve had my experience with Australian companies trying their hand at circus cabaret before. I fell in love with the concept with Cantina at the Brisbane Festival in 2010. I thought nothing could top that performance.

I was wrong.

Not only does Spiegelworld’s Absinthe, a no-hold-back parody of Cirque du Soleil, include half-naked acts accomplishing the impossible with flexibility and strength, but it’s also hysterical.

The Gazillionaire sets the night up to be hysterical for the start. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

In between each acrobatic act, show host, The Gazillionaire, and his assistant, Penny Pibbetts, relieve the crowd with some very on-point and limitless comedy.

Race, sex, religion, politics; there is absolutely nothing they won’t have a go at.

The Gazillionaire’s raspy-voiced rants are perfectly balanced by Pibbetts’ squeaky-voiced, school-girl tangents. It’s these characters and their massive disregard for political correctness that allow the pair to not just get away with absolutely anything, but do it with roaring applause and laughter from the entire crowd.

Full of characters, the cast taking a bow at the end of the show and Penny, not too sure what she’s doing. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

As for the circus performances, well that is in no laughing matter. I tried really hard to pick my favorite or most difficult-looking act of the show, but I just couldn’t. They were all incredible, but I’ll only highlight a few to leave some element of surprise for those who see this show.

A very intimate trapeze act at the start of the show. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

There’s Vladimir Malachkin who, after a drink of Absinthe, goes into a wild balancing act on six or so chairs stacked to make an unstable mountain. Then comes Duo Vector, two male body builders as well as the Gazillionaire’s body guards, who manage to make their strength-dependent act look soft and beautiful.

Vladimir balancing on a mountain of wooden chairs. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Vector Duo effortlessly balancing two bodies on one leg. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Sven and Roma perform a high-paced roller-skate act that includes Roma only attaching herself to Sven’s neck by a leather strap around her head and being spun around so fast by him you can’t even make out her body. The Esteemed Gentlemen of the Highwire finish the show with two of them balancing on a high wire while sharing the weight of a keg hoisted on two bars across their shoulders, the third does a free standing keg stand between them.

Balancing another person, while balancing yourself on a tightrope, that’s talent from The Esteemed Gentlemen of the Highwire. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

And sexy…

Well if the muscles and definition on the bodies of the acts above doesn’t do it for you, then Melody Sweets and Angel Porrino will. The Ava Gardner-looking Sweets, who plays the “Green Fairy” sings and dances her way around the stage and audience in sequined and feathered costumes a few times throughout the show. The blonde Porrino, doused in coconut oil, wears a bikini as she performs an adorable act which includes her getting inside a bubble.

As the Green Fairy, Melody Sweets will have members of the Absinthe audience seeing visions. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Angel Porrino from inside her bubble. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Everything about the show is perfect. The scenery, cast and crew and costumes will have you entertained at all times and transported from a white spiegeltent outside Caesars Palace in 2013 to a traveling circus tent somewhere out in the Midwest in 1943. We even stayed a short time after the show ended to see that not only were the performers still practicing and perfecting their act, but also chatting with fans. We had a chance to speak with the Gazillionaire, who stayed in character and on his toes, but was really kind and appreciative.

Everything about the Absinthe experience is different, even the look of the theater. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

There are very few shows as special as this, as different as this, as enjoyed by both men and women alike as much as this one. Spiegelworld fits perfectly in with the wild and wacky Vegas strip, but still manages to stand out. If there is one show you see in Sin City, make it this one.

Thanks to Spiegelworld for welcoming me out to see Absinthe in Las Vegas. Visit their site for more information on the show or to purchase tickets. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Jucy Rentals USA for sponsoring my trip out West. Visit their website to start planning your own US road trip. Use the code “BobbiUSA” to receive 10% off your booking. Follow my trip right here on Heels and Wheels, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

As always, all opinions are my own.

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  • Andi Fisher

    I was completely unaware of this show – I am heading to Vegas in May – I have got to see it!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    You should! Our girl Abby recommended it to me and I’m so happy she did. As I wrote, one of the best I’ve ever seen!

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