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Unassumingly located in the Roman Plaza just steps from the front entrance of Caesars Palace, "Absinthe" the show is just as entertaining as the drink is enchanting and both undoubtedly pack a delightful yet powerful punch.
The exterior of the humdrum tent that houses the exuberant performance is modestly decorated with just several strands of blinking lights. However, with your first step into the structure, you will find that you have stumbled into the whimsical realm of Spiegelworld -- a world apart from reality that relentlessly devours inhibition and dissolves time.
Stained glass mirrors and a mismatched collection of knickknacks hang from the kitschy artifact-adorned walls and an assortment of antique benches and chairs compose the seating for the theater in the round. Lacking refinement in the utmost of ways, the all-encompassing ambiance and experience of this adults-only, circus-style spectacular make "Absinthe" a rabbit hole you will be charmed to fall into.
Hosted by The Gazillionaire -- a slick-haired, unreserved and crass yet charismatic character -- "Absinthe" features an assortment of incredible specialty acts of old-world burlesque, daring feats of strength and agility in addition to not-so-common routines that, when combined, make for a variety show that one might only envision in their wildest dreams -- or after the green fairy has lured you into a liquid-induced trance of sorts.
"If you're offended by words like f*** or s*** you just might be at the wrong f***in' show," The Gazillionaire frankly announces at the beginning of the show so that you cannot say you haven't been warned. But while the commentary of The Gazillionaire and his, we assume, sexually frustrated assistant Joy Jenkins may -- OK, definitely -- veer towards the naughty side, the acts albeit sexy are more amazing than risqué... unless, of course, the mental stimulation of having your mind blown for an hour is how you get your kicks, then in that case, the latter is reversed.
But aside from The Gazillionaire and Joy, who hilariously introduce the acts with a reliable raunchy factor throughout the production, the only other character with a speaking part is the seductive "Green Fairy," who sings and does a burlesque-style striptease that kicks off and wraps up the show.
Other acts featured include a chair balancing acrobatic act; tight-rope walkers; a sexy man and woman aerialist team; twin tap dancers; a three-man balancing troupe and various other artists who showcase incredible feats of strength and talent within mere feet of the crowd... so close to the crowd that one of the acts mandates that the front two rows of the audience remained seated for their safety and the safety of the performers.
However, if you're willing to brave the up-close action and snag a spot in the front, we can only hope that you're prepared to deal with what The Gazillionaire and Joy may have in store for you. Yes, you may be pulled up on stage for a lap dance contest or you may just be made fun of -- but hey, it's all fun and games and according to The Gazillionaire (OK, and to us as well...obviously) this is a show that gets even better the more you drink so that should soften any spotlight.
So go ahead and order a double (triple?) of whatever gets your feel-good flowing, and let this hilariously zany and outlandishly fun production temporarily whisk you away from reality. But don't worry... you won't have -- ahem -- hot dogs drawn on your face when you come to again, well at least not in this portion of your night.