"Company XIV is engaged in executing very well-constructed illusions, designed to take audiences into another world...''Cinderella' succeeds marvelously...Acrobatics, visually stunning tableaux, and a spectacular ensemble in this sexy, cheekily naughty adaptation...The ensemble performs McCormick's eye-popping choreography like revelers overcome by the unbridled energy in the room...The most unique, sophisticated, and riotously fun date-night show running in New York right now." Full Review
"When they finally meet, the breathtaking pas de deux they perform on a lyra hoop is enhanced by the sumptuous vocals of a bluesy diva named Storm, who plays the Fairy Godmother with earthy sensuality...As always, the XIV ensemble is full of charismatic dancers who balance bawdiness and elegance in a variety of styles...Their charms are properly displayed with divine decadence by the company's long-time set and costume designer and the evocative lighting." Full Review
"Has a super cast, full of charismatic performers and extraordinary dancers. But the show’s two lengthy intermissions (and two bars) suggest we’re meant to spend most of our time buying signature Company XIV cocktails, perhaps to let alcohol numb us to the repetitiveness of what we’re seeing...The show has moments of real beauty...But too much relies on a small vocabulary of movement...It’s a surprisingly unsensual show...Without naughtiness, the magic goes away." Full Review
"There are some amusing touches throughout, including the appearance of the stepsisters inside a giant skeletal pannier, a curtain half-raised to reveal the lower legs of those hoping to win the prince, a pole dance for Cinderella, and a fairly lively can-can. Overall, however, the atmosphere of calculated naughtiness becomes rather wearying, and the quality of the choreography isn't high enough to keep one engaged for the two-hour running time." Full Review
for a previous production "It’s not the moments or even the dazzling individual numbers, it’s the whole picture that transports us into a magical world of tongue-in-cheek glitz and deeply felt emotion rolled together into a densely packed concoction of wonders. Amazing costumes and sets work foot-in-slipper with McCormick’s marvelously inventive, alternately boisterous and touching choreography to turn the show into a happening – and one that should not be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "Welcome to the den of debauchery where dancing, singing and raunchy never looked so good...Cabaret, ballet, opera, burlesque, vaudeville and circus acrobatics come to life in a spectacular way. This show like all the XIV’s Company’s work is scrumptious and Mccormick is the genius behind this glorious choreographed pleasure not to be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "Company XIV’s 'Cinderella' is a gorgeous spectacle, a one-of-a-kind rendering of a beloved fairy tale, and just an all-around badass theatre experience. You won’t be able to resist the whole confetti and glitter-filled production." Full Review
for a previous production "'Cinderella' lacks a visceral throughline. Loose moments of improvised dialogue diminish the power of the choreography, and missed moments leave the audience entertained but not necessarily emotionally invested. Amid all of the flourishes, a number of deliberate respites might help the show resonate more deeply. That being said, 'Cinderella' is an explosion of talent. Forget triple-threats, the dozen performers that grace the stage have an unlimited arsenal to offer." Full Review
for a previous production "Scenes and character entrances are announced silently via chalkboard title cards, held saucily aloft by very sparkly, very scantily clad showgirls and showboys...The ensemble contributes lots of wit and intensity to the choreography, but it is the gymnastic moves by the leads that bring down the house." Full Review
for a previous production "This is a highly eroticized telling of Charles Perrault's baroque fairytale, but never one that sinks into smuttiness...The loose plot allows for multiple extended dance sequences, staged by McCormick with healthy doses of playfulness, allure and danger." Full Review
for a previous production "At close to two and a half hours, the show does sometimes drag. Two intermissions are unnecessary, and some of the dance numbers feel overly long. But the dancers are uniformly gorgeous and wonderfully accomplished, and the choreography is crisp and innovative. McCormick's vision is clear and cohesive throughout the whole show." Full Review
for a previous production "'Cinderella' ties its disparate elements together by means of a familiar children’s story, one to which everything adheres, albeit in unusual and unexpected ways. But essentially, the Company XIV style (and various cast members) remains the same; that artsy style...is getting to be a bit long in the tooth. At its present length, it runs out of surprises. This is 'Cinderella,' folks, not 'Hamlet!'" Full Review
for a previous production "Campiness flattens the narrative, denaturing both the darker elements of abuse and isolation as well as the lighter enchanting elements…When the surface story has been preserved but not its soul, the very reason why we go to the theatre is lost. Over two hours of exuberant spectacle is insufficient when the heart of this folktale is brittle as glass...In 'Cinderella' the sum of its parts did not add up to a rousing whole." Full Review
See it if You love dance! This is my favorite show I've seen this year. I left the theatre and texted everyone to get tickets asap!! MUST SEE!
Don't see it if you don't like awesomeness.
See it if you enjoy clever dance performances with a burlesque overlay. The performers are multi-talented and enthusiastic.Their best show so far!
Don't see it if partial nudity and sexual innuendo upsets you. Also you need to leave a lot of time to get to their inconveniently located Brooklyn theater.
See it if You enjoy a truly spectacular show. Cirque de Soleil -like acrobatics are breathtakingly beautiful.Lingers fondly in your memory.Stimulating
Don't see it if Semi -nudity is repulsive.
See it if You like adventure, sexiness, great dancing, choreography, modern takes on classics. You appreciate comfortable new plush chairs and sofas!
Don't see it if If you're conservative and staid. Fearful of sexiness in front of you.
See it if you love when shows remind you of the thrill of living and breathing in NYC, swimming among some of the most-talented humans on Earth!
Don't see it if naked bodies, sexuality, and twisted versions of classic stories aren't your thing.
See it if Austin McCormick creates his tasteful adult ballet/burlesque fantasy with a pop/classical soundtrack. Stay seated for the break, it's fun.
Don't see it if Baroque takes on pop tunes like Sia and Lana Del Rey. Beware sketchy Brooklyn neighbourhood. Cast changes from years past affect '18 edition
See it if you’re planning a date night that makes you look like you can curate the artsiest goings-on in Brooklyn; are a greedy sensualist or artist.
Don't see it if you really need to be persuaded. Not for everyone—cirque, modern dance, nudity, younger crowds, & feeling like you need to work out more.
See it if you like high-end burlesque, fantastic staging, gender- (and genre-)bending reimagining of fairytales, brilliant performances
Don't see it if you don't like near-nudity, champagne, glitter rain, pop music, or fun in general
See it if you want to experience something unusual, and if you're looking for a chance to explore Bushwick's artistic scene
Don't see it if you're looking to see something with deep meaningful message, and if you have a problem with nudity
See it if enjoy immersive burlesque with great staging, singing, dancing, costumes, and Cirque de Soleil acrobatics. Utterly entertaining!
Don't see it if you are uptight and don't enjoy seeing a little human flesh.
See it if You enjoy ballet and burlesque. The dancers were spectacular. The show was a nice change of pace from your classic Cinderella.
Don't see it if You’re anti near-nudity and racy themes and dancing.
See it if you want a sultry, sexy naughty evening extravaganza of burlesque and opulent queerness with lovely staff in a sumptuous environment.
Don't see it if you're offended by mild gender bending nude fun. Or if you're expecting a higher quality of burlesque from previous performances. A bit weak
See it if you like burlesque with some dancing and singing. This show has more concept than action. Less acrobat than previous productions
Don't see it if you like more refined choreography and more acrobats
See it if a burlesque interpretation of a fairy tale sounds fun; you want a light evening out
Don't see it if you want edgy burlesque or innovative movement, you're bothered by near-nudity
See it if The story becomes secondary while a lot of bells & whistles roam on stage. That proverbial window dressing is fun but wears out quickly.
Don't see it if Sexual aspect is well staged but it also has to connect with the material and story without boring the audience. I was eying the exit sign.
See it if YOU CAN TAKE INCENSE AND MUSK SO OPPRESSIVE YOU MAY HAVE TO BREATHE THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. I had to leave 15 minutes in.
Don't see it if YOU CANNOT BREATHE with incense so thick you cannot hardly see.
See it if You want to see the sexiest Cinderella you have ever seen!!! This production was stunning!!! This is a show not to missed!!! Superb!!!!
Don't see it if You expect the usual XIV company. The mainstays are gone but new company members are outstanding! See this show! See this show! See it!
See it if You appreciate the avant-garde. You would enjoy watching beautiful talented performers in lingerie dance and sing and hang from the rafters.
Don't see it if You are offended by pasties or codpieces. You have challenges watching men in heels or same sex dancing.
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