Paris!
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Paris! NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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)

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507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
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

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
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.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
76
Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You'll enjoy the great dancing and fun burlesque atmosphere. Very talented dancers/performers. 2 hours 15 min including 2 intermissions.

Don't see it if Huge blinding spotlights are directly into audience members' eyes throughout parts of the show, and smell of incense can be a bit much.

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
75
Entertaining and edgy., More suggestive than raunchy, but it is burlesque!, Great singing and dancing, but derivative of other company xiv shows., Interesting new space that is well-suited to the production., Overall, a pretty fun evening.

See it if You like theater that's different and "out there", like music and dance and acrobatics and circus, and not a faithful myth retell. It's fun.

Don't see it if Don't like genderbending, nudity, lewd(ish) dance/staging, are prudish, or want traditional theater. Watch the videos and know what's up b4. Read more

235 Reviews | 230 Followers
70
Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if You are a fan of dance and burlesque with a Moulin Rouge vibe.

Don't see it if You don't like thongs and prefer dancers stick with traditional gender roles. Read more

243 Reviews | 64 Followers
94
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if Jewel of Company XIV repertory with Charlotte Bydwell lending her many talents to support and enhance the story as MC; beautiful choreograph

Don't see it if Irondale Center seating can be tight and uncomfortable in chairs; follows a standard Company XIV format so no surprises for veterans

118 Reviews | 24 Followers
78
Enchanting, Refreshing, Edgy, Intense, Gorgeous

See it if you love opera / classical music, and love the idea of it providing the backdrop for sexy choreography in gorgeous costumes and lighting

Don't see it if you are not into burlesque or near-nudity or anything in which genders are "bent"

115 Reviews | 36 Followers
100
Exquisite, Great staging, Must see, Sexy, Great dancing

See it if I am a huge fan of anything and everything Company XIV does. This show is the best yet - one of the rare times I never looked at my watch.

Don't see it if You don't like non traditional shows or don't want to see nudity.

Critic Reviews (12)

BroadwayWorld
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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BroadwayWorld
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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TheaterScene.net
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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Theatre is Easy
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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Front Row Center
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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Stage Buddy
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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On Stage Blog
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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Off Off Online
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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