Christopher Gregory for The New York Times
Circus Oz Mason West, part of this Melbourne, Australia, troupe, strikes a balance in "From the Ground Up" at the New Victory Theater.
By RACHEL SALTZ
Published: December 9, 2012
There are no clowns and no lions (or any live animals for that matter). So unless you’re afraid of daring Australians who fly through the air — or men in tutus sprinkling fairy dust — you have no reason to fear Circus Oz. This Melbourne group’s fast and furious show “From the Ground Up” is the New Victory Theater’s holiday offering, and it’s a good one: a little naughty, a little nice, a little death defying.
Recommended for ages 5 and over, “From the Ground Up” has an appeal that owes something to vaudeville as well as the circus. Not that it stints on the physical thrills: there are plenty of acrobatics and ceiling-scraping, rope-swinging feats, which earn genuine gasps from the kids in the house. (It’s a pleasure to be part of an audience that doesn’t bother with polite laughter or applause.)
But just as important is Circus Oz’s sense of theater, evident from the start, when a hugely elongated piano, complete with pianist, descends from the sky-high rafters. Gasp!