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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
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KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(132 Reviews)
Positive
99%
Mixed
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Members say
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging

About the Show

Cirque du Soleil presents an eye-popping, steampunk-themed spectacle about a 19th-century inventor who creates a machine that can reshape time, space, and reality itself.

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Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy dance, acrobatics, juggling done to live music with gorgeous costumes and imaginative staging. Visually astounding!

Don't see it if you are transportationally challenged - slow buses and parking costs $25. Disliking circus acts would also be a drawback.

92
Epic, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Must see

See it if You want great circus acts presented in an unusual, stylish way. You want to be thrilled, scared & entertained in the same show.

Don't see it if You hate the circus. You prefer a more traditional approach to the circus.

Critic Reviews (22)

October 2nd, 2016

"'Kurios' offers up the usual array of divertissements, but in this case enhanced by a striking visual look...'Kurios' seems more varied, exotic and inspired than usual. The production is infused with a vaguely macabre air, a touch of the eerie freak show, that gives the whole a more cohesive, occasionally entrancing effect...Yes, there are the usual attractions, all executed with the pinpoint precision we have come to expect...But I was most delighted by the real novelties."
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September 30th, 2016

"Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios' is a procession of wonders: the Canadian circus giant’s sharpest, sexiest, most stylish production in years...The style may be retro, but the acts—and the technical ingenuity that makes them possible—are fully up-to-date...Even the side details are delightful...'Kurios' seems determined to be, as old circus hype would have it, the greatest show on earth. Watching it, agape with pleasure, you may not disagree."
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October 3rd, 2016

"Cirque du Soleil regains it mojo with 'Kurios,' the company's most entertaining show in a long, long time...Even the most familiar-feeling routines are given new life via the imaginative staging and presentation...A comedy routine in which a clown reverts to animalistic impulses while courting a comely female volunteer is funnier than it has a right to be...Staged in literally breakneck fashion and further enlivened by its rollicking musical score, 'Kurios' delivers nonstop delight."
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October 10th, 2016

"Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities' has a wonderful premise and an eye-filling mise en scène. However, without the needed narration or program notes, the idea remains still in embryo. The problem one supposes is how to narrate a show that is intended for international audiences."
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September 30th, 2016

"‘Kurios' kicked off its opening night splashing its way into our hearts and minds at the colossal, standing-room-only ‘circus tent’...Audience members marveled at a jaw-dropping array of vignettes that ranged from epic to extremely intimate...'Kurios' is quite simply one of the most lavish, spectacular visual feasts you’ll enjoy this year. Cirque du Soleil has once again merged their signature musical style with a striking visual concept and the results are pure gold."
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October 6th, 2016

"While there are acrobatics, aerialists, and people who do things with their bodies that you didn’t think bodies were meant to do, the dazzlingly realized design concept unifies the production into a finished whole...The thrills and chills keep on coming. One more spectacular than the next...Kudos has to be given to the design team. Sets, costumes, props, make-up, sound, music, choreography, and overall vision combined and coalesced to bring forth a sum that is greater than its parts."
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October 13th, 2016

"Laprise and his fellow 'Kurios' designers have truly dug deep into the wonders of this era both in steampunk-influenced costumes/props/music and ambiance. Bicycle riders fly through the air, brightly colored goldfish leap in and out of the ocean (the trampoline). Steam-engine trains are powered by performers...The audience is left with a faint memory of a lifetime lived long ago, in an enchanted steam-driven factory of dreams."
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October 3rd, 2016

"If I write in hyperbolic tone, it is only because there are no other ways to describe such a rich night of entertainment, chock full of eeriness, spectacle, oddity, humor, dexterity, strength, and good old fashioned fun...'Kurios' will satisfy both children and adults in a way that is clever and captivating...In my 20-plus years as a theater spectator, it is quite possibly one the most spectacular shows I have ever seen, even if I had to cope with a lot of sh** to see it."
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October 14th, 2016

"One of the best shows Cirque has done in years. Part of that is due to the venue: circus acts, even common ones, seem much more amazing up close in the intimate Grand Chapiteau tent...Also Cirque seems to have shed some of its pretensions and gone back to basics with acrobatic feats...The wisp of a plot is incidental...You're there for the acts, and boy do they deliver...The show is filled with all kinds of surprises which elevate acts so they no longer feel been there, seen that."
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October 6th, 2016

"'Kurios', the steampunk show currently running in a big top on Randall's Island, makes the smart choice of breaking from Cirque du Soleil’s recent trend towards a cohesive narrative."
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October 3rd, 2016

"Cirque is back to basics with a big tent show full of magically costumed creatures who seem out of Tim Burton, 'Harry Potter,' and Lewis Carroll, and in one extraordinary sequence that involves an upside-down dinner party, Buñuel. The contortionists, jugglers, aerialists and juggling aerialists are all top-notch, making for a cabinet that’s even wackier than the Trump Cabinet would be, and way more fun."
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October 3rd, 2016

"Blending distinctive characters, engaging music and stylish choreography into surreal storytelling, it’s sensational – their best show in many years!...Perhaps the most amazing ‘staging’ emerges in 'Upside Down World,' a dinner party that transforms into a triumph of rigging with a man climbing on stacked-up chairs...Cirque du Soliel is currently touring 21 different productions but 'Kurios' is perhaps its best EVER!"
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October 4th, 2016

"Forget what you've seen in a circus before—'Kurios' is on a level of its own. Imagination knows no boundaries here; this is an Alice-in-Wonderland-type of world where nothing makes sense and you find yourself sitting in your seat asking yourself over and over, 'Can they do that???' Indeed, if I had to describe the show in one word, it would be: unpredictable...Cirque du Soleil spared no expense in this lavish production."
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October 7th, 2016

"The effect is transportive; the assorted delights of fishlike contortionists, aerialists and a hugely entertaining live band, prove just enough to take the audience on a trip well worth remembering...Creator Michel Laprise has redeemed the reputation of his nouveau cirque and provided a magical spectacle...Rest assured, Cirque lovers: the circus of the sun has finally come to town."
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October 4th, 2016

"The steampunk aesthetic of 'Kurios' provides a clear and winning way in which to wring magic from the old, and features several stunning illusions...It’s a bit disappointing that 'Kurios' still relies so heavily on uninspired mainstays like the banquine and aerial straps...At its most stunning, 'Kurios' seamlessly combines its steampunk stagecraft with its performers’ technical feats, all while finding new variations on a familiar formula."
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October 1st, 2016

"It might just be the best Cirque we’ve seen since ‘O’...The first half of the show alone is worth the price of admission, and though the finale was a bit underwhelming, the entire crowd seemed buoyed by the experience. It’s eye-popping fun, beautiful, and most importantly for a show like this it’s whimsical, spirited, and features some absolutely wonderful performances. 'Kurios' is strongly recommended."
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October 4th, 2016

"Original live music, fantastic costumes, no animals, and high-level circus skills with a fresh approach is the order of the day, including an extended juggling routine...Absolutely thrilling and the audience showed their appreciation with great enthusiasm. A dynamic opening number...What follows is a series of circus acts gleaned from the four corners of the earth and jazzed up with the 'Kurios'-stylized live music and costuming."
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July 25th, 2016
For a previous production

"‘Kurios’ is filled with the acrobatics, tricks and balancing acts one might expect, but this show repeatedly takes them a step further…This was my first Cirque du Soleil experience, and I can only describe it as a simply spectacular evening. From the detailed set design to the immense talent of the performers, to the planning that makes every moment seem seamless, this show is brilliant…I highly encourage you to step into the tent and the dream and see ‘Kurios’ as soon as you can."
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June 2nd, 2016
For a previous production

"‘Kurios’ conjures an entrancing world…That world is brought to vaulting life by dozens of aerialists, acrobats, and other performers who manage to find loopholes in the laws of gravity, physics, and probability...As usual with a Cirque production, the story line of ‘Kurios' exists largely as a pretext for the marvels that unfold, though it’s a pretty sturdy conceptual framework as these things go…There’s much to see and savor…All in all, 'Kurios' is pretty—no other word will do—astonishing."
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July 22nd, 2016
For a previous production

"Theatergoers who love artful aggregations of styles and images that nonetheless cohere will have a field day watching 'Kurios.' It’s like a master class in mash-up...There are plenty of large-scale acts that fill the stage and its air space with heart-stopping feats...'Kurios' also turns out to be among Cirque’s most personal and human-scale productions. For fans and fans-to-be, Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios' is both classically spectacular and captivatingly fresh."
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July 22nd, 2016
For a previous production

"Cirque du Soleil has brought what may be its most rare and delightful show to date…It’s hard to choose a favorite in all of these acts, but my heart leapt up truly as a team of men, some dressed with fish tails, bounded up and down on a special acro net – and so high I am surprised they didn’t need oxygen. I know I did…If you think you know Cirque du Soleil, you simply can’t miss the joy and liberation of imagination 'Kurios' offers...And it sure looks like a lot of fun. "
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July 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"‘Kurios’ is decidedly unique and captivating, and in every way what one would hope a Cirque show could be. Invoking the very sense of wonderment that makes Cirque Du Soleil so appealing in the first place…What makes 'Kurios' stand above the rest, is that it takes the very best of what Cirque Do Soleil has to offer–adventurous story, memorable characters, acts that are both funny and daring, music to cling to, vivid aesthetic–and balances it all into a truly joyous show from start to finish."
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