Cirque du Soleil

Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil is bringing another big-top-on-LSD production to the Eastside (through June 1), this time telling the story of a clown in some kind of ethereal limbo watching his own theatrical funeral procession in Corteo. (Is a dead clown more or less terrifying for coulrophobiacs?) His buddies and ex-lovers pay their respects in acts both poignant and comedic acts—including a duo of “little people” who perform ballet on a vertical bar set on a pivoting platform’ a man with unnervingly good balance who climbs ladders that lean on nothing but air; and a clowness floating on six enormous helium balloons. As usual, Cirque du Soleil is the master of amassing acrobats who are really, really, ridiculously good at really, really ridiculously peculiar talents, such as whistling, teeterboarding, and rolling around in metal rings like revolving Vitruvian Men. It’s an incredible showcase of human discipline (and provocatively ornate costumes). I have never left a performance without feeling sensory overload. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond, 800-678-5440, $55-$210. 8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs, 4 & 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 & 5 p.m. Sun. Must end June 1. SARA NIEGOWSKI

Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 5 p.m. Starts: April 24. Continues through June 1, 2008

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