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Link Link Circus

From 1 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

About the show

Baryshnikov Arts Center presents the U.S. premiere of this solo show from Golden Globe-nominated actress Isabella Rossellini about the latest scientific discoveries about animal minds, intelligence, and emotions.


'Link Link Circus,' co-starring a dog named Pan, is at once comic and scientifically informed. Over the course of the performance, Rossellini transforms herself into Aristotle, Descartes, a medieval theologian, B.F. Skinner, and Charles Darwin—discussing the essence of human beings and what distinguishes us from the “brutes.” Accompanying Rossellini’s monologue are projections of her short comic films, home movies, photos, and drawings. Pan, an accomplished dog performer, plays various animals, assisted by puppeteer and animal handler Schuyler Beeman.

The New York Times

“A show that prominently features an adorable dog is remarkably free of cuteness...Likely this has to do with the preference of Rossellini for surreal humor over cloying sentimentality...The aesthetic is vaguely circuslike...Although she sometimes speaks from behind a lectern, Rossellini is anything but academic...Often you wish she would linger on a given topic a bit more, gave it more depth before zipping off, but it is hard to deny how pleasurable Rossellini’s company is.” Full Review

Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are a Isabella Rossellini fan. It's an absolute pleasure being lectured by her and her cute dog!

Don't see it if you expect an evening of theatre with great acting.

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Who doesn't like a cute dog and stories about animals? Plus the bonus of the always delightful Isabella Rossellini.

Don't see it if You hate animals, have no interest in science and/or are basically a big curmudgeon.

Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you prefer brainy entertainment, if you enjoy science and love animals.

Don't see it if you are not into one-woman shows, and want a traditional play

Also Ms. Rossellini is the bravest woman I know. An actress turned farmer t... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Rossellini's "Green Porn" series & want to see her expound further on animal behavior in her unconventional but informative way.

Don't see it if you're a science denier, you have zoophobia, or you expect more "circus" and less "lecture" from Isabella's show.

Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if If you love animals

Don't see it if If you think that theory of evolution is bullshit