Had the pleasure of going to my first Cirque du Soleil show this weekend. The performances were pretty impressive, save for the tightrope and trapeze. A lot of time was spent with the clown acts, which got a bit tired after a while. At the end of the day, it felt like a stylized form of what a “typical” circus might involve (having never been one, I can hardly verify this), though with the talent of the performances jacked up quite a bit. There was chair-stacking, clowns, tightropes, wheels of death, and so forth. While there were still some of the stylized elements that I’d assumed would be a big part of the show, they seemed more a background theme, rather than what was tying everything together. Standing by itself, I’m not sure it’s enough that I’d want to see another show, but I think some of the more “typical” Cirque shows may well be more impressive to me.