SHOW TITLE: No Extra Lives: The Video Game-Themed Circus Sideshow at Nimbus Theatre
PRODUCER: Oops! Entertainment Productions
HAILING FROM: Minneapolis
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Without continues, warp zones, or cheat codes, Oops! The Entertainer must dig down deep to endure some of the most treacherous stunts in sideshow history. Come one, come all and witness his survival or demise!
…y’know, it’s really not fair to anyone: I’m such a soft touch when it comes to this kind of thing. The nostalgia button is an easy one to push, and it is always gives me the same reliable flood of pleasure. Hearing the music, seeing the costumes, made me giddy.
(It also helped that I was seated with a bunch of other geeks – when the synth player started pounding out the Ducktales theme, we sang along. During a transition, one of the performers looked at us askance and said “You guys are nerds.”)
So…it’s a real shame that this aspect really had nothing to do with the show proper.
This is a stunt show, a Jackass-type deal – the primary performer applies nails, staples, hammers, and all manner of blunt and sharp torture to his skin. This is very impressive – he had apparently sprained both his wrists over the course of the run prior to this.
Alas, I don’t find being impressed to be equivalent to being entertained. He has my admiration – but I can’t say that I really enjoyed watching him do these things to himself. And, consequently, can’t say that I really enjoyed the hour.
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