Anyone who sits in the front row at the burlesque circus show “Absinthe” is advised to lean back.Once the Russian roller-skatin.and more »
When: Opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and runs through April 23.Where: L.A. Liveâ€™s Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles.Tickets: $49-$129.Information: www.axs.com.
Anyone who sits in the front row at the burlesque circus show â€œAbsintheâ€ is advised to lean back.Once the Russian roller-skating couple starts to whirl, look out.â€œYou might get kicked in the face, but thatâ€™s all part of the excitement,â€ says The Gazillionaire, the lecherous, foul-mouthed character who guides the audience through the visceral 90-minute theatrical experience by Spiegelworld, which moves into a tent at L.A. Live for a five-week run, beginning Wednesday.The perils go beyond the possibility of getting clobbered.
Inspired by the absinthe and opium-fueled cabarets of late 19th century Europe but based in the present, the adults-only show features a Green Fairy, half-naked acrobats and other provocative circus performers on a 9-foot-diameter center stage that doubles as the domain of The Gazillionaire.The outlandish gold-toothed host has no filter when it comes to voicing his attraction to what Spiegelworld impresario Ross Mollison describes as â€œincredible sexy and talented circusâ€ performers.â€œThe Gazillionaire looks at these acts different than you and me,â€ Mollison says, explaining that the story is he didnâ€™t really want to do the show.
It comes through in his attitude. He even pokes fun at people in the audience.â€œWith comedy, if you donâ€™t piss off a couple of people, youâ€™re not doing it right,â€ says The Gazillionaire, staying in character for the entire interview. â€œIf people are sensitive to that sort of thing, then they should sit at home and put their head under a rock. It doesnâ€™t have to be so heavy. Letâ€™s get a little drunk and talk about vaginas.â€Itâ€™s true that â€œAbsintheâ€ is not for the faint-hearted. As Stage and Cinema puts it, the show is â€œloud, abrasive and in your faceâ€ and â€œwears its vulgarity like a badge of honor.â€
And the show is on an upward trajectory. As it heads to L.A., â€œAbsintheâ€ celebrates its sixth sold-out year at Caesars Palace and was recently dubbed â€œthe No. 1 greatest show in Las Vegas historyâ€ by Las Vegas Weekly. But thatâ€™s Vegas.â€œYou fly into a town like Las Vegas, and the moment the plane lands everybody is doing cocaine and drinking excessively and losing their (expletive) minds,â€ he says. â€œIn Los Angeles, theyâ€™ve got a lot of money that Iâ€™d like to take, so hopefully people are willing to come and lose their mind a little too.â€
Be warned, itâ€™s not a complacent night.â€œSure, weâ€™ve had people basically watch the show through their iPhone, but I destroy them until they cry,â€ The Gazillionaire says. â€œWeâ€™re going to wake you up so that youâ€™re suddenly participating without really even knowing it.â€