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Paris!
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Paris! NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(21 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Members say
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Raunchy, Enchanting

About the Show

The Greek myth 'The Judgement of Paris' gets a haute-baroque-burlesque makeover in the hands of Austin McCormick's Company XIV.

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Member Reviews (21)

71
Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if The sound and lighting was bad, which ruined it for us. I see the potential, but the ratings here overhyped the experience. Only sit below.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexuality and provocative costumes. Read more

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you like fabulous dancing, extraordinary singing and amazing acrobatics done in sparkly corsets and court shoes. And they're very funny.

Don't see it if pan-sexuality and bawdiness make you uncomfortable.

Critic Reviews (12)

October 27th, 2016

"The genius director/choreographer Austin Mccormick's Company XIV remains one of the most exciting performing arts companies New York has to offer...In between specialty acts, McCormick's ensemble, who always flash exuberant personalities, perform the company's signature can-cans, model an imaginative array of fetish gear and even partake in something resembling a sheep orgy. But remarkably, it all comes off as giddy and good-natured fun."
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October 24th, 2016

"If there is one thing director/choreographer Austin McCormick (Company XIV) can be accused of it's that he consistently puts on a titillating, atmospheric and imaginative show...The show gets off to a slow start with an abbreviated take on the classic can-can dance...The show picks up steam later in the act when Paris and Mercury (played by the chiseled Todd Hanebrink) dance a beautiful pas de deux to Vivaldi...Momentum builds with the competition between the three goddesses."
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October 27th, 2016

"Company XIV has applied its inimitable Baroque-Burlesque style to the Greek myth of the Judgement of Paris for the second time and come up with an adults-only entertainment that is like nothing else you will see this year. Conceived, directed and choreographed from the fevered imagination of Austin McCormick, ‘Paris!’ combines the arts of dance, opera, circus, theater, storytelling and high fashion to tell of the competition between the goddesses for the Golden Apple."
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October 23rd, 2016

"It’s meant to be enjoyed with liberal drinks and food, and the focus here is on the dancing, circus, and the costumes (by a gifted Zane Pihlstrom); the story is irrelevant...The Irondale Center's problem is its size. I wanted a cozier sense of seduction to wrap me in at 'Paris!' And, in the balcony, I struggled with the sound, missing entire speeches of dialogue...Only noticeable in comparison to the rest of the perfection of the evening’s offerings."
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October 19th, 2016

"There is a ton of talent both on the stage and behind the scenes here, but it’s a very adult entertainment, presented in an unusual manner. It is a completely unique, dazzling, riveting, mash-up of entertainment genres...But don’t expect to be titillated, expect to be enchanted...'Paris' is an immersive experience that wouldn’t be possible without the brilliant collaboration between all the designers who create an entire world apart from everyday reality."
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November 10th, 2016

"The audience with Paris easily falls in love with each character along the way...You really don’t need to be that familiar with the mythological tale, because 'Paris' is about the intimacy, extravagance, opulence, skillfulness, and playful humor that is so specific to this company; it starts when you enter the venue and ends sometime after the show is over and you’ve already exited -- like a piece of glitter stuck to your cheek, it stays with you."
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October 24th, 2016

"Makes the cold fall nights in New York hot and sexy again...From the dim pink light in the bathroom, to the silky cushions on the couches and tart pinching of champagne in your mouth, XIV tunes the mood through every element that accompanies the theater viewing experience, making it truly immersive...I must say that the choice would be very difficult if I were asked to pick the most fascinating performance…It’s wonderful that you don’t have to choose and can enjoy every number equally."
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October 22nd, 2016

"There are many elements that make this show special, but perhaps its most universal appeal is that 'Paris' shines light on a great many facets of human sexuality. There are moments of tawdry thrusting and heaving piles of quaking bodies; yet there are, too, silhouettes of lovers that steal one’s breath away, and even quieter moments of solitude and fear that expose the vulnerabilities integral to human sexuality. In 'Paris,' sex is funny, scary, beautiful, sad, and, ultimately, a mystery."
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October 20th, 2016

"'Paris' starts slowly, partly because all the music in the first act is recorded...But in the second act, when the beauty contest begins in earnest, you see the power of the undertaking...You may go for the titillation, and you'll get it, but you'll stay for the strong performances and the depth of musical interpretation, the incomparable pole dancing, and the numerous offhand vignettes that stud the spaces between the big production numbers. "
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October 25th, 2016

"Company XIV’s 'Paris' is an amazing, debaucherous, and ultimately, goddamned sexy telling of the ancient Greek myth the Apple of Love, and the Apple of Discord...Some of the hottest and creative burlesque routines I’ve seen in a long time...You don’t want to know how well they adapt the Greek tale. You want to know if it’s hot. And it is. Dear goddess it is...You want to know if it’s sexy? Yes, the show brought the sex, tumescently so."
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October 19th, 2016

"Words cannot describe how amazing it was to sit and experience this but this show left us #shook. We were so shook. One of the major highlights of this show for us were the musical numbers. Athena, played by Marcy Richardson, stole the show when performing Adele’s 'Skyfall' while doing an incredible and intricate pole dance routine...Trust us when we say that this show is something that you have to see. Everybody needs a little burlesque in their lives."
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November 1st, 2016

"While the show does find its stride, the use of prerecorded music, especially in the first act, makes it feel like a vital element of the show is not fully realized. Yes, there is (quite good) singing and excellent dance, but rarely is an instrument played on stage and it seems like a bit of a missed opportunity. Overall, 'Paris' is a highly entertaining, sensual production with its fair share of surprises, wow moments, and mesmerizing visuals that ensure everyone has a great time."
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