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Monday, December 10, 2012

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Circus Oz’s ‘From the Ground Up’ at New Victory Theater

 
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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
from:  nytimes.com
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!
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http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/theater/reviews/circus-ozs-from-the-ground-up-at-new-victory-theater.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1355143579-MtaWPAKDLJTpl0ppNrgloA

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