You don't have to peel too many layers to get to the dark heart of Smashed, but the astonishing deftness with which this troupe of nine keep apples and crockery flying through the air kept the audience in stitches.
Early on in the ingenious collaboration between Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, Procol Harum's counterculture hymn permeates Chicago's Harris Theater as actors and dancers assemble in rows of folding chairs facing the audience.
One hundred years after the start of the First World Wa Birmingham Royal Ballet pays homage with a stunning triple bill of revivals that showcases British ballet at its musical best, its theatrical best and its stylistic best.
The vibrant colors mix with energetic choreography and bumping music to create an amazing spectacle. Yet unlike a great many other types of spectacle these days, the wonder is inspired not by an impressive set change, but rather by the virtuosic movements of these performers.
I have never seen a show with such temporally uneven acts. But though I'm not sure the intermission, which allows for a scene change, was necessary, I am quite happy that the play defied expectations in this way.