The last Cirque du Soleil show to come to town, Ovo, was a magical work that created a whimsical world of insect performers amidst magnificent blossoming flowers (our review). While it didn’t exactly have a point, it still evoked a thematic wonderland that laced together the spectacular performances. Totem has many of the ingredients that make Cirque one of the best shows on Earth: a metamorphosing set, a spectacular light show, a full band, and some of the most talented performers to be found. But in contrast to Ovo, Totem is an incoherent mishmash of circus acts, jerky Las Vegas choreography, lowest denominator humor, and offensive stereotypes. In other words, it’s all spectacle and no soul.

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