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Machine de Cirque

From 5 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Epic

About the show

Making mayhem of their scrap metal set with a live percussive soundscape, this quirky crew of daredevils manufactures endless comedic madness for The New Victory Theater. More…

Hello? Is anyone out there? Five fellows of "Machine de Cirque" are building a contraption to communicate with the outside world. Thing is, their fun-loving natures keep distracting them!  Before you can say "over and out," these awe-inspiring acrobats are swinging by their toes high above the stage, bicycling upside-down and backwards, and flipping and flying off teeterboards. 

1h 0m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Broadway Blog

"It’s likely that the intended audience for this piece, the early grammar school set, might not quite grasp this world. However, through astounding performances, intriguing set design and an air of honest darkness surrounded by silly levity, they like what they see...Fantastical and awe-inspiring, 'Machine de Cirque' is a blast for the kiddies and has enough depth for their grown-ups in tow. The new age of circus has arrived." Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production "Your mouth will be agape at times while watching this 90-minute show. At other times you’ll likely find yourself wearing a goofy smile as a quartet of high-spirited circus artists and one energetic percussionist team up to deliver an inspired performance of acrobatics and broad comedy." Full Review

On Boston Stages

for a previous production "Perhaps the number that best combines Machine’s acrobatics and comedic skills was an extended skit in which the performers try to doff bathing suits and still not display full frontal nudity, thanks to a rousing variety of hilarious maneuvers and split-second timing. Yes, they perform with great skill and precision, but they also perform with great joy, humor and heart and that carries off the stage of the Paramount Theatre and finds its way into the appreciative audience." Full Review

The Arts Fuse

for a previous production "While there is much to commend about this production, surely there must be theatergoers who yearn for more choices...During a ninety-minute performance, the troupe’s members infuse considerable amounts of joy into episodes of controlled mayhem, even if the first fifteen minutes or so seems more like a warmup...Yes, yet another circus show has come to town with players who display nimble athleticism in all its cheeky glory." Full Review

The New England Theatre Geek

for a previous production "Machine de Cirque’s simplicity is real, grim, and refreshing...This show succeeds best when it feels personal. A unicyclist taking a dive off the stage to the horror of the audience and then recovers. A bunch of performers make fun of censorship laws with towels. When the Machine’s on, it’s on...Instead of polish, the show feels like it has a porous surface where some less desirable entities have found their way in during the aforementioned unicyclist act." Full Review

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

See it if you like world class acrobatics seasoned with great imagination, humor, rhythm, adorable choreography and magic. Mesmerizing entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't like inventive high quality acrobatics with great artistic value and a large portion of humor.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to see very talented, extremely creative acrobats

Don't see it if You don't like acrobats or mime

Also I took 2 children, a 10 year old girl and a 12 year old boy on the aut... Read more Read less

Epic, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like really innovative staged circus. These guys are amazing. Organized chaos, cleverly choreographed and very skilled.

Don't see it if You don't like unconventional circus acts which have little form but great creativity.

Also This is in all respects a remarkable show. I have seen a lot of staged... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want to enjoy 60 minutes of creative circus entertainment. Very unusual staging and very talented young performers.

Don't see it if you enjoy serious drama or do not enjoy circus entertainment of any kind.

Also Both adults and children can enjoy this show. The New Victory Theater ... Read more Read less


See it if You'd like to see jaw dropping, acrobatic and athletic stunts with a little bit of humor added in.

Don't see it if If you expect a polished set, costumes or Ringling Brothers theater. This is bare bones, but amazing.

Also Great show for people of all ages.... Read more Read less

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