$49 for a Ticket to "Banana Shpeel" from Cirque du Soleil at The Chicago Theatre ($82 Value). Buy Here for Wednesday, 12/23, at 12 p.m. Other Dates and Times Below.

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  • Brand new Cirque du Soleil show
  • Genre-bending spin on old-school Vaudeville with contemporary flair

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Promotional value expires Dec 23, 2009. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for performance on 12/23 at 12 p.m. Must purchase multiple Groupons in single transaction for Group seating. Not for resale. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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_Jump to: Reviews Animals Are Small Business Owners Too_

Eating 12 consecutive packs of strawberry Pez is an august achievement in its own right, but does not compare with the feats of impressiveness that are performed by Cirque du Soleil. Today’s Groupon delivers the astounding in the form of a main-floor ticket to Banana Shpeel, the troupe’s new take on Vaudevillian antics, for $49.

Tumbling, dancing, and performing at such a high level of frenzied excitement makes it difficult for a company to stick to one genre. Banana Shpeel happily bounces off the oak walls of antiquated Vaudeville, the pillars of contemporary comedy, and the blended spackle of tap, hip-hop, and eccentric dance choreography to deliver a show that features the life and death of two million bananas. Turn your senses over to the onstage life and world of Schmelky, the producer whose vision for an eclectic variety show leads him through a world of caffeinated dancers, singers, and clowns. Like a gryphon cavorting down a super market aisle, the energy of the acrobatics and stunning syncopation will amaze audiences in the famous Chicago Theatre, where circuses absolutely adore parading about.

Whether you named your miniature pony Soleil or are simply looking for something that can still surprise you in a cold mechanical world, Banana Shpeel will offer a new perspective on what the human body and mind can create when they put aside their long-standing rivalry and team up to fight boredom. See it while it’s bakery fresh, with a long list of dates and times that will fit into your busy schedule of goldfish hunting.

In order a group to sit together, tickets must be bought in one purchase. Groupon must be brought to will call window for redemption.

Reviews

The Chicago Sun-Times writes that Banana Shpeel is: > * a scenario that brings together 33 performers in a quirky, newfangled work that is inspired by vaudeville but is certainly not a look backward. – Hedy Weiss

Metromixers say: > * I loved this show - fresh concept - clowns were hilarious, dance numbers more amazing then anything I have seen on Broadway - liked seeing the band on stage – brewer > * It’s not a typical Cirque du Soleil show – not as much acrobatics, not as much music and fantasy and whimsy – but it was still a blast – lexiloo

Animals Are Small Business Owners Too

At the all-human Cirque du Soleil, human beings make a conscious choice to costume and contort themselves, freeing the animal kingdom to pursue other career options besides jumping through flaming hoops or stomping on clowns. Groupon fully endorses the following animal-owned businesses:

  • Mark Phipps’ Elephant Crushed Cars
  • Finches’ Boutique: For Couples
  • Harrison Hedgehog’s Private Military Security Firm
  • Amos Q. Crane’s Wet-Dry Rental and Supply
  • Boa Constructors

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