Already closed | 1h 40m | East Village

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: Brooklyn Abridged

From 28 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky, Funny

About the show

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents this highly stylized visual and aural journey through the beautiful borough of Brooklyn, where citizens, civil servants, and visitors showcase individual artistry set against iconic landmarks. More…

Combining history, humor, and heart, this unusual ensemble fuses circus arts, original live music, industrial lighting, and live analog projections into intertwined vignettes. Each act takes us on a personal adventure with a unique visual approach, as individual residents of the borough magically seize opportunities to portray their personal stories. Together they fuel the furnace and stir the cauldron that is the energy, diversity, and beauty of Brooklyn.

1h 40m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky, Funny
87
Avg Score

90
Delightful, Dizzying, Riveting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you like circus. 9 fabulous young acrobats make it look easy while miniature Brooklyn monuments twill & light up at the back of the stage.

Don't see it if you dislike loud noises that is sometimes music. This is not a play although it is certainly dramatic.

89
Delightful, Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy circus acts on a small stage with wonderful live music and a troupe of performers who give it their all with some BKLYN history.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play with a plot. This is a series of acts that salute Brooklyn and provide a few local stories.

76
Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy circus with a bit less polish/bit more grit than cirque or other big circus options.

Don't see it if You want a unified piece (more a cabaret with a theme forced on). You want tons of impressive acts (a bit more lyrical, small spectacle)

92
Masterful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if Full panoply of great circus acts with great emcee

Don't see it if You don't like innovative magic

96
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you love pure artistry and awe of expert circus performance, relish enjoying them in intimate theatre with exquisite live music, no excess

Don't see it if you do not like circus acts or prefer large extravaganzas with noisy, bawdy crowds and costumes a la Cirque de Soleil or Barnum & Bailey

Also But for a few muffed lines by the vaudevillian sword swallower/ co- fo... Read more Read less

82
Charming, Quirky, Entertaining, Fabulous fun

See it if you like Coney Island Sideshow/ Spiegeltent street circus-style acts- simple, low-tech with great live music & the requisite "geeky" MC

Don't see it if you expect Cirque du Soleil caliber professionalism; don't care for "neighborhood-y" acrobatics, balancing & juggling acts

Also Don't go in expecting Ringling Brothers razzle-dazzle: let the beautif... Read more Read less

92
Great music, Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy seeing skilled acrobats and jugglers, love to be entertained and don't mind a non-traditional circus.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional circus with clowns in make-up and trained animals. Neither are featured in this circus.

Also Wonderful family-friendly show! I thoroughly enjoyed this circus. Brav... Read more Read less

95
Great circus acts, Entertaining, Great juggling, Great music, Delightful

See it if you like a circus number of lively acrobats performing stunts with a sense of humor. Fun for all ages! Highest recommendations!

Don't see it if you are not interested in circus acts.

91
Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy circus performers on the small stage.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy music. You want a quiet experience.

83
Charming, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of circus acts like juggling, high wire, sword swallowing, etc.

Don't see it if You don’t like the circus!

Also There’s not really a lot about Brooklyn, but it is a chance to see tal... Read more Read less

93
Must see, Dizzying, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like a circus performance, magic tricks and acrobatics all set to a music band.

Don't see it if If you rather see a traditional play with a set storyline and if you are not a big circus fan.

78
Slow, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the variety arts, and want a "family-style" production.

Don't see it if you are expecting Cirque du Soleil-quality (or at least advanced-level) performances; want some kind of narrative.

80
Entertaining

See it if You like circus shows with a bit of edge

Don't see it if You want a standard circus act

67
Entertaining

See it if you havent seen circus acts for a long time

Don't see it if Have seen many circus shows

78
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy circus acts in small, intimate setting

Don't see it if You don't like circus scts

80
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like “vaudeville” like entertainment A little bit of this...a little bit of that. Good, clean fun.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a circus extravaganza. No animals. Not overly ambitious but simple fun

85
Edgy, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like your circus with all its native honky-tonk intact. These talented performers evince a true respect for the craft of spectacle.

Don't see it if your idea of the circus has come to mean mythical plants and/or animals swinging around on poles. Yeah, talking to you, Cirque du Soleil.

90
Refreshing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to live again, through talented acrobats, a lost world of simplicity or, introduce it to your child. you enjoy a smart production .

Don't see it if you like a traditional circus with animals and clowns

90
Talented cast, Entertaining

See it if you like shows like America's Got Talent and circus acts - walking/flipping on wire, balancing on things/people, aerial acts, & juggling.

Don't see it if you want a story line; it is pretty much one talent show act after another, not much dialogue, and just a few mentions of Brooklyn

Also In addition to the extremely talented performers, the live music was a... Read more Read less

89
Dizzying, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you love Brooklyn and like aerial arts.

Don't see it if You want a plot-driven show.

95
Delightful, Riveting, Great staging, Masterful, Clever

See it if you want a break filled with joy and excitement.

Don't see it if you don't want to see masterful, modern takes on circus classics as well as more than a few surprised.

Also Everything about this show was excellent: the music, the staging, the ... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to watch a wholesome entertaining show with your kids

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking play

90
Must see, Masterful, Exquisite, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Fabulous show. The performers are so talented and they keep you at the edge of your seat. We strongly recommend this show - fantastic!

Don't see it if If you do not like circus and the best acrobats in town!

69
Overrated, Quirky, Banal

See it if You like random circus acts, some better than others. The music is the best part....excellent and interesting music.

Don't see it if It feels long even though it is not because large portions are just not that interesting...standard jugglers, etc. sort of fare

95
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Exceptionally-talented cast and first-rate production values make this a splendid intimate circus experience.

Don't see it if Loud noises upset you. (The circus would be better IMHO if they turned down the speakers a notch -- loud for the size of the space.)


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