Stage review: Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai full of jaw-dropping acrobatics

Baton twirlers, jugglers, trampoline artists and contortionists populate a jungle of fantastical creatures in Cirque du Soleil’s newest arena show, Varekai.

Don’t ask me what the plot of the show was or what the vocalists were singing during the two-hour show at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. It didn’t really matter because the show, which features many jaw-dropping physical tricks, was entertaining.

The show begins by introducing the many characters of the jungle to the audience before a man with wings falls from the sky onto the stage. He then performs a series of dazzling aerial acrobatic movements using a fishing net to defy gravity. He is followed by gymnasts who perform double-back somersaults on another person’s feet and dancers who seem to pirouette endlessly. The finale features trampoline artists who twist and flip off of moving swings into white linen drapes near the end of the stage .

There is also a solid balance between the various “circus” acts in the show and comedic relief provided by two physical comedians, a man and woman, who prove that slapstick, when done well, can be funnier than any joke. At one point, the duo pretends to perform a traditional magic act, except they botch all of the tricks. The male comedian also got the most laughs out of the audience when he was singing a French song but the spotlight kept moving and he kept running across the arena to get to the spotlight.

Because of the length of the show, kids younger than 7 might get bored or restless and there are a few visual comedy jokes that may not be appropriate for young kids. However, if you aren’t able to get to Las Vegas to see one of Cirque du Soleil’s famous stage shows, Varekai is a wonderful show, full of amazing acrobatics.