Wednesday-Sunday: Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

Aug. 23

It’s a bug’s life at RoFo this week as Cirque du Soleil infests the arena with spiders and crickets and beetles and a mysterious giant egg. “Ovo” launched eight years ago, the 20th production in the renowned acrobatic storytelling troupe’s oeuvre. It’s a show built on movement and music, and a story about romance and difference depicting a closed colony of bugs that gets visited by an egg-toting stranger, who has eyes for the ladybug. Of course the crickets all scramble, the ants juggle their food, and the spiders perform astonishing feats of death-defying conspiracy on the slackwires above it all. And this is all done to Brazilian carioca and samba beats, because hey, what’s better? The arena performances are said to be slightly scaled-down from the Grand Chapiteau (big top) productions, but the show has been modified with more aerial acrobatics and has been touring arenas for two years, so presumably any bugs have been worked out. Through Aug. 27, Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020,, $38-$153 (Edward Ericson Jr.)

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