Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Slava's Snowshow

From 75 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Enchanting

About the show

Returning to the New York stage for the first time in over a decade, master clown and pantomime Slava Polunin's wistful theatrical adventure offers a dreamlike vision, set within an absurd and surrealistic world.  More…

From the show:

One of the most successful international tours of all time, Tony® Award-nominated SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW returns to Broadway for 8 weeks only! The romantically wistful theatrical adventure will be at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre for a limited holiday engagement. Unleashing a breathtaking artistic thrill ride for audiences of all ages and languages, the show offers a dreamlike vision that overflows with magical dynamism and humorous antics, set within an absurd and surrealistic world.

1h 40m | Already closed | Stephen Sondheim Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (75)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever, Enchanting
77
Avg Score

65
Loud, Disappointing, Mostly charmless, Assaulting, Slow

See it if you'll sit thru subpar material for a few gd moments. I was bored & felt assaulted (water sprayed, "smoke," bubbles, clowns climb on seats).

Don't see it if you want beauty and magic. Very little charm, no insightful story-telling. Panders to audience. VERY male...where are women? VERY white.

Also I wanted to be charmed; I knew the show had won an Olivier. But I foun... Read more Read less

76
Refreshing, Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you like pantomime and humor. Very well done and played out nicely.

Don't see it if Can be slow at times. If you do not like pantomime.

70
Trifling, Overrated, Family-friendly, Wistful, Entertaining

See it if u want to see an absurdist Askew Man Group that's big on spectacle (mostly in the form of confetti, webbing & balls) but short on meaning.

Don't see it if u like your clowning upbeat, hilarious & full of action; u seek a show with a narrative, theme or significance; u have confettiphobia.

Also If you want to fully experience the immersion into Slava's otherworldl... Read more Read less

78
Great special effects, Funny, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy creative clowning, physical humor, dazzling use of "snow," and lots of children laughing & screaming, visual surprises and delight

Don't see it if you don't like shows without plots, visual humor, simple sight jokes, clowns walking over seats, water sprays & frightening blizzard

80
Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like thoughtful, many times, slow mime brilliantly portrayed by a talented group that makes you laugh as well as think and is surprising

Don't see it if you want to bring young children - most of this is adult clowning that is too slow for those under 7. Your personal space is intruded!

72
Creative, Clowns, Quirky, Funny, No dialog

See it if you want something very different. You enjoy watching many unrelated short funny wordless pieces.

Don't see it if you want a plot. The closer you sit to the stage the more you will be sprinkled with water, paper & bubbles as well as a clown in your lap

72
Glacial, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Immersive alternative-world clown spectacle, where the question is answered: What happens when the strip hits the fan?

Don't see it if Intrusive and glacial pantomime events with the final gale force experience way too intense for children and perhaps, triggering for adults

Also Swooosh!

82
Delightful, Magical, Great staging, Funny, Clever

See it if You love magical, dry-humor clowning, even if it’s a little slow at times. The payoff — especially the ending — is completely worth it.

Don't see it if You dislike clowns or think this is a total family show. While it is, & many kids may enjoy it, many may find it creepy and/or boring.

72
Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Clever

See it if you like pantomine and subtle humor. These are not Big Apple or Barnum & Bailey type clowns. Some very special effects. Don't miss the end

Don't see it if you like dialogue and bright funny clowns.

Also If you can, sit upstairs toward the front to enjoy the special effects... Read more Read less

20
Nothing interesting about it, Cheap

See it if You are taking a child between 5 and 10 years old

Don't see it if You are expecting something new or fun or original

Also I knew this was going to be a family friendly show, in the first few m... Read more Read less

65
Audience is assaulted, Surprisingly boring, Slow, Stay away, claustrophobes

See it if You want absurdist take on clowning w a few good visuals, spoken gibberish, some intense staging effects, no plot, good sound track.

Don't see it if Don't want to get wet, have blizzards of confetti shot cannon-like, actors stepping on you, a huge inescapable net thrown over you. UGH.

Also I was sitting in the first row mezzanine and watched with horror as th... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Refreshing, Delightful, Fun

See it if If you like unusually choreographed shows, if you enjoy childishly engaging shows, if you like surprisingly beautiful visual scenes.

Don't see it if If you do not like clowns, if you prefer traditional staging and storylines, if you do not like shows which appeal to younger crowds.

76
Enchanting

See it if Perhaps the most charming is hearing kids giggle and laugh innocently as adults take much longer to warm up to the clowns. Lovely music.

Don't see it if Clowns are triggering. No plot, no talking, or paper snow / water hitting you aren't your thing.

Also Diversity: all male cast. Appear to be all white.... Read more Read less

90
You can't help but smile as you leave, Whimsical, funny and witty, A treat for all ages (but too many loud kids), A delightful escape, Terrific clowning & movement

See it if You are up for a Cirque-like clowning show with fun physicality and special effects. Need a fun escape for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if Are easily annoyed by lots of kids in the audience. Don't like mine or clowns.

77
Quirky, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful

See it if If you like clown type shows and mimes. Very funny and clever

Don't see it if You do not like clown type shows

85
Joyous, Hilarious, Masterful, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you're looking to let go of all the anger/angst of our world and be a happy kid again! SILLY clowning around FUN with FABULOUS visuals!

Don't see it if you're too damn cranky or a curmudgeon w/ a stick up your... If you hate confetti this is *snow* not your show BE SURE TO SIT IN THE ORCH :)

75
Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you love classical clown pantomime and audience involved special effects, this show is your cup of tea and then some. Kids of all ages.

Don't see it if If mime leaves you cold or even irritates you, this show will drive you crazy but not in a good way. I'm not a fan but enjoyed this anyway.

75
Interactive fun, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

See it if Not usually a mime or clown lover, but this was charming and fun. Give yourself over to the slow pace and possibilities. More fun when close

Don't see it if You really get nervous with clowns climbing over your seat or spraying you with water. Some parts scary for kids under 7. But joyful overall

90
Masterful, Hilarious, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to wake up an inner child to the wonderful world of whimsy, imagination, and pure joy

Don't see it if you dislike circus, lack of a story, clowns, or giggling of children.

85
Riot of astonished clown faces, Commedia dell'arte, Divine subtle pantomine

See it if you love clowns & pantomime, would like skits strung together with snow (confetti), classic clown musack, props & Carmina Burana finale.

Don't see it if you hate clowns, pantomime or pure fun. Don't want giant balloons or confetti by bucket load or water falling on your head.

Also Unfortunately you don't know what clowns play whom unless you photogra... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You take a young child who will find joy in the littlest things. I may not have enjoyed the show but I did enjoy hearing the children laugh.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy audience participation. You will get wet, you will be covered in fake snow, you will be touched by actors. My nightmare.

70
Not a traditional play

See it if You enjoy clowns and pantomime.

Don't see it if You don't like being in an audience with lots of kids.

72
Well-chosen music but songs are lip-synched, Finale set to carmina burana is a blast, Immersive at times, Based on commedia dell'arte & starring the lord of misrule, Pantomine [i.e., wordless]

See it if you're fans of Neapolitan commedia dell'arte & willing to spend 90 mins. with the Lord of Misrule; you're young at heart; you're adventurous

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional play with scenes, dialogue, a plot, costumes changes; you hate chaos or the unexpected; you dislike confetti

Also Don't expect it to be Albee, O'Neill, or Shakespeare. "S.S.S." is base... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Quirky, Masterful, Hilarious, Enchanting

See it if you want to see something joyful and completely out of the box on the Broadway stage, and if you're a fan of clowning.

Don't see it if you want to sit back and not be part of the action (there is audience participation of sorts), or if clowning isn't your cup of tea.

79
Quirky, Trippy, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see what feels like the weirdest trip, but in a mostly cute way

Don't see it if you're looking for any plot or don't like audiences with lots of kids


November 14th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers Flurries of Joy: A critic who once resisted the charms of this holiday clownfest found herself floating on happiness this time around."
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November 14th, 2019
3/5 Stars "A preshow advisory would do well to insist that patrons must love clowns. How else to enjoy 100 minutes of vaguely amusing pantomime...But if you can embrace the logic of nonsense and surrender your personal boundaries to the spirit of the season, you may find this blizzard a blast."
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November 14th, 2019
"'Slava's Snowshow' Is an Indoor Blizzard of Emotions and Confetti: The Russian clown show returns to New York after 11 years."
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November 15th, 2019
"Entrancingly Funny Russian Clown Piece 'SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW' Returns To Broadway"
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