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Wisely returning to a "grand chapiteau" after last season’s stint in the Rose Garden, Cirque du Soleil’s month-long footprint is marked by this fanciful blue and yellow big top on Marine Drive.
The Master Flipo (Joseph Collard) scales a stylized flower stem to peer out into the crowd as a cricket and flea creep around behind. Playing a professor of sorts, Collard instructs and admonishes the cast, and even ventures out into the audience to wordlessly teach them a hilarious lesson or two.
The de facto star of the show, a giant egg, is borne in on the back of a "foreigner" centipede (Barthélémy Glumineau), an expressive clown who, upon becoming separated from his beloved egg, spends the rest of the show trying to reunite with it.
Bug spray seems to be an intoxicant to OVO’s characters, who sometimes spray it on purpose and then go a bit cross-eyed. Circular gopher holes in the main stage floor make for surprising entries and exits.
Collard instructs an audience member in the art of seduction, teaching him a sexy dance with which to supposedly woo Collard’s fellow clown. Uproarious antics that engage the audience promote a feeling of spontaneity and involvement.