Without circuses, grownups could only relive their childhoods by wearing oversize trench coats and pretending to be two kids pretending to be an adult. Step right up to this GrouponLive deal to see Cirque Le Masque at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $14, you get one mezzanine ticket (a $28 value).
- For $18, you get one loge ticket (a $36 value).
- For $23, you get one orchestra or center-loge ticket (a $46 value).<p>
Praised by the Atlantic City Weekly as a “sophisticated, European-style circus,” Cirque Le Masque combines stunning physical feats with head-turning makeup and costumes in an evening of fantastic spectacle. Performances might feature painted contortionists glowing in the dark as they twist in unison, a shirtless strongman balancing one-armed on his compatriot’s head, or silk-borne aerialists mocking gravity while expecting their physicist cousins to get them out of trouble. High-intensity music accompanies kinetic juggling and ring-twirling acts before melting away into eerie orchestral tunes that complement dreamlike trapeze pieces. Built in 1928 as a vaudeville and silent-movie palace, the recently restored Union County Performing Arts Center boasts a 500-pipe Wurlitzer organ, 1,300 seats, and rich, red drapes.
Union County Performing Arts Center
As a living landmark to the performing arts and cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District, the Union County Performing Arts Center has endured history and earned its way onto the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Recently restored to its 1928 luster, the former Rahway Theatre retains the charm and grandeur of its vaudeville theater origins while encouraging new forms of entertainment. From its 1,300 seats––where crowds once gathered to watch RKO movies and WWII newsreels––audiences can marvel at the theater’s opulent, gold-crested ceilings and ponder how many dresses can be made from its rich red drapes. One of the theater’s proudest treasures is its original Wurlitzer organ, which is small in stature, but emits massive sound out of its 500 pipes.