The muscular trio of Circus Trick Tease is unfairly sequestered to the very low-ceilinged Old Council Chambers venue at Trades Hall. This does nothing to dampen their enthusiasm for precarious balances and acrobatic stunts though, and their high-flying appendages come dangerously close to dislodging the makeshift lighting grid or landing in the lap of an audience member. Intimacy adds an excellent new level of suspense to their tricks and this Circus act delivers the thrills.
The strongman, his jealous assistant and their international guest-star play out a tumultuous love triangle, showcasing their feats of strength in a saucy cabaret that eventually disintegrates into a full-blown catfight. While their histrionics might be hard to follow at times, Malia, Shannon and Farhad exhibit remarkable stamina and enthusiasm in their tricks to win over the crowd. Circus Trick Tease uses sexual tension and backstage drama to create a great parody of that old adage ‘the show must go on’.
I especially enjoyed a raucous swing number which demonstrated how one should really handle a dance partner. Hilarious moments of shadow play revealed much about what performers really do when they go off stage, as egos flare up during quick costume changes.
While they struggle to keep their libidos from toppling them, this trio stacks up. Circus Trick Tease is a really fun show full of nail-biting moments performed by talented circus artists.
Circus Trick Tease
Venue: Trades Hall, Old Council Chambers | Cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton
Dates: 25 March - 18 April, 2010
Times: Tue - Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $18, Tightarse Tuesday $15
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | at the door