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Orlando Fringe review: 'Circus Acts: An Aerial & Acrobatic Adventure'

By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel Entertainment Columnist

11:59 PM EDT, May 16, 2013

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There are no clowns, lion tamers or elephant parades in "Circus Acts: An Aerial & Acrobatic Adventure." This show takes to the sky with performances on ribbons, bars and other suspended apparatus, spotlighting students and instructors of Orlando's Circus Arts School.

The airborne theme extends to the soundtrack, going flighty places such as "Blue Skies," the theme from "Superman," "99 Red Balloons" and so forth.

A highlight, ironically, was tied to flightless birds. The two male members of the cast, dressed in tuxes, tails and penguin caps, achieved partner stunts punctuated with humor.

The acts are well-rehearsed, and strength and skill are displayed. The heights are restricted by the ceiling of the Black venue, but many of the maneuvers would be impressive on solid ground. Unfortunately, there were synchronization and communications issues on stage, and the youth of some performers – a handful of the dozen acrobats appeared to be preteens – give the show a dance-recital feel. Those events are just fine, lovely, but usually are family events, not a show for the paying public.

45 mins. Rated FF. Black venue.

Showtimes:

5-16, 7 p.m.

5-18, 12:45 p.m.

5-19, 1 p.m.

5-22, 7 p.m.

5-24, 7:45 p.m.

5-25, 12:30 p.m.

5-26, 2:30 p.m.