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2124 Broadway, New York, NY 10023


Ended 20 Aug 2010 after 5 months

Banana Shpeel is the latest show from producer extraordinaire Marty Schmelky and features a colorful array of slapstick comedy, eclectic dance and unique acrobatic acts.

Closed 20 Aug 2010
Avg. Customer Review (1.4 Stars):
Number of Reviews: 5
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35 of 48 people found the following review helpful:
Banana Spheel represents Vaudville well,
Jun 09, 2010
reviewer: from Rocklin, CA
Saw this great show two nights in a row. My husband and I thought it was great. This hard working cast has reworked the show over and over and they are performing magnificently. Clowns knit the acts together. There is a good story line with the clowns that comes to a culmination. It is planned and designed to be a take off on vaudeville and is expected to be different. That was the plan. Enjoy it for the perfection of the talent there to entertain you. Great value.


Jackie and Alex
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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful:
An unacceptable joke ruins great performances,
May 01, 2010
reviewer: from New York, NY USA
Beautiful colors. Well-trained performers. Good live music.


One unacceptable joke; a deaf puppet.


One of the clowns talk to what he calls "a deaf puppet" saying "he is deaf, how are you doing?". And moves the puppet's hands (sign languages) and says "he is fine." And continues.


I was about to throw up watching at not a few "healthy" people were laughing at this unacceptable joke.


I think even deaf people can totally enjoy this show especially because of the amazingly beautiful colors and performances.


Hey Cirque, are you laughing at these people?


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40 of 53 people found the following review helpful:
not the Cirque we want to see,
May 18, 2010
reviewer: from New York
My wife and I are Cirque fanatics. We have seen almost every show in the states and loved them all whether permanent or traveling venues. Of course some were better than others but not this one! We were anxious to see Banana Shpeel but sorry we did. In all fairness a few of the acts were well done and the rogue clowns worked their tails off . This is not the Cirque we want to see. Stick to what you've done better than any other. Looking forward to "OVO" on Randall's Island in two weeks....


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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful:
A Huge Disappointment,
May 07, 2010
reviewer: from New York, NY
Despite three worthwhile acts (the foot juggler, the Russian pole acrobat and the contortionists), this show was an overall bomb. The other characters and acts were filler material at best. There was absolutely no emotion or soul present; much, much different than other CDS performances. I doubt it will even make it to opening night. Save your time and money.
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44 of 56 people found the following review helpful:
worst ever,
May 03, 2010
reviewer: from Austria
It is simply the worst show ever. Cirque Du Soleil is destroying its name with this! Light bad. Story really bad. Sound bad. Talking clowns do not work! No concept. Thin story line. Really wasted money.


Most of the actors are really talented but still there is no reason for this show to go there!


I am a film director and I have been there with a lot of film directors, producers and film makers. We had been amazed that the best of the best in this field make such simple mistakes. Even a child sees that the show is not working this way. I am really disappointed of Cirque Du Soleil because I have seen others from them which is amazing. The only reason for this show is that they want more money.


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