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Friday, July 15, 2011

CasiNotes: Resorts erects a big top, home to 3 circuses

By Chuck Darrow from: philly.com

Fri, Jul. 15, 2011

THAT'S NOT a three-ring circus underneath the tent across North Carolina Avenue from Resorts Casino Hotel. It's three - count 'em - three circuses.Tonight, the first legal casino east of Nevada is scheduled to introduce the unprecedented concept of offering a trio of 75-minute circus programs. All performances will be staged in a 60-foot-high, 120-foot-wide, 1,800-seat temporary facility erected on what has, for years, been a self-park surface lot.
The Great American Circus is a traditional affair, aimed at the family trade and featuring a cast of daredevils, aerialists and, of course, clowns.
Cirque Polynesian is a South Seas-themed presentation that includes fire eaters, contortionists and motorcycle dare-devils. It, too, is a family-friendly presentation.
Not so Cirque Risque, a/k/a "The Nude Circus." This adults-only show won't really show everything there is to show - this is, after all, still Atlantic City. But the cast members will be wearing as little as they possibly can (G-strings, pasties, whatever decency and alcoholic beverage-service laws allow).
According to Resorts CEO Dennis Gomes, the circuses (circi? circum?) will likely run well into the fall, and perhaps beyond that (the venue boasts complete heating and air-conditioning systems). But, said Gomes, the space, which has 400 more seats than the property's Superstar Theater, may host headliners as well.
"Great American Circus" showtimes are 4:30 p.m. Friday and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $35-$18 (adults) and $16-$9 (children under 12).
"Cirque Polynesian" showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $45-$30 (adults) and $16-12 (kids).
"Cirque Risque" showtime is 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $69-$39 (must be 18).
For tickets to all shows, call 800-736-1410, or go to

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