If you’ve been thinking that the entertainment in Las Vegas was a little dull, perhaps too stodgy, or not inventive enough, “Absinthe” may be just what you’re looking for. Housed in a vintage Spiegeltent assembled in front of Caesars Palace, “Absinthe” seeks to capture everything associated with its hallucinatory name.
“Absinthe” has exhausted most local reviewers’ metaphors for comparisons to anything previously seen in Las Vegas. John Katsilometes at the Las Vegas Sun summed it up as “Cirque du Soliel on ‘shrooms.” An adults-only burlesque/cabaret/Moulin Rouge-like carnival, “Absinthe” has been staged in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. The New York Times dubbed it “Cirque du Soleil channeled through the Rocky Horror Show.” The Las Vegas show had its gala premier on April 1.
The leader of “Absinthe,” “The Gazillioniare,” is the front man for a cast that includes his assistant, Penny, “The Green Fairy,” along with several other characters, trapeze artists, burlesque performers, and singers. The 90-minute show is held inside a Spiegeltent—an authentic (and very old) circus tent with mirrors, stained glass, and velvet. Don’t let the circus tent or the frequent comparisons to Cirque shows mislead you, however. “Absinthe” is an adults-only show for those 18 and over.
“Absinthe” is part of the new Spiegelworld Beer Garden set up in front of Caesars Palace, Strip-side. The tent’s 600-seat venue isn’t permanent, but shows currently are scheduled to run through September 18. Tickets are $69-$99. For more information, visit Caesars Palace’s webpage for “Absinthe.”
Photos courtesy of Absinthe