EastDakota started it off with:
A group of us in town from Boston saw the Chris Angel show last night. I had a free ticket and I still felt ripped off. It is sad to watch Cirque, which I generally have enjoyed over the years, put their name on something so awful.
Unlike "Le Reve" or "Ka" or some of the other Cirque-like shows that started bad but they have tinkered with and made fairly good, the Chris Angel show seems unlikely to be fixable because the concept itself is so flawed.
Then northlasvegasgir seconded that sentiment and came out with a visual that made us giggle:
At the end of the show, Criss comes out and lipsynchs the "Mindfreak" song and the clowns are behind him acting as his back-up dancers! Any illusions I might have had that Criss Angel was "cool" evaporated during this grotesque display.
Even jg agreed. But do you know who does not agree? Angel's publicist.
In response to a post much like this one which merely reported claims that the show was "a big piece of poo," Angel's publicist wrote in to Perez Hilton to clear up any confusion: the show is, in fact, in its preview period, and the person who reported that it sucked was a bad journalist. Seriously:
Just because the reporter chose not to find anyone that said anything positive, or rather did and didn't use quotes from them, is no true indication of the direction that the show is headed.
I do want to thank you for mentioning the preview period, because that was a key element that went lacking in the story. The show will be more than ready by Halloween night. I'd like to invite you personally to come see it, meet Criss and judge for yourself.
Yeah, that's not very convincing. Really. We'll come out there too -- post-Halloween, if you can assure us that we will be seeing the "finished product."
Just like hotels with opening kinks, we'd like to believe this show is still in its, er, "soft-opening" period and that things will get better. But we're still sure this is Criss Angel we're talking about, right?