Cirque without Shirts: 'Absinthe' at Caesars Palace

Just when you think Las Vegas can’t get any weirder or naughtier, along comes “Absinthe.”

Not the once-forbidden mind-altering green libation but a new circus-burlesque-vaudeville extravaganza in the Roman Plaza in front of Caesars Palace.

“Absinthe” has been described as Cirque du Soleil channeled through the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’s decadent, delicious fun.


The zaniness unfolds in a theater-in-the-round setting under a white Spiegeltent (Dutch for “mirror tent”) designed to transport audiences to 1920s Europe and decorated with stained cut glass, billowing velvet and brocade.

The venue is intimate, seating only 600, and audience members sit close enough to the action to see sinewy, flexed muscles and beads of sweat dripping off the acrobats. Lush individual velvet booths and free-standing seats are both available.

The cast of eccentrics includes trapeze artists and tightrope walkers, sword swallowers and a roller skating duo. Fans of “Holly’s World” on E! may recognize one of the stars. Angel Porrino, best friend of Holly Madison, is the “Absinthe” Weather Girl who performs a striptease while tap dancing inside a balloon.

The master of ceremonies is the “Gazillionaire,” a Dali-esque impresario with a pencil-thin moustache and gold tooth. His sidekicks include a loyal assistant, Penny; his butler, Max; the obligate Green Fairy; and the Esteemed Gentlemen of the High Wire.

The “Absinthe” experience includes a speakeasy, raucous beer garden and mischievous drinking games, including “Flip Stein” and “Dom Pong.” After the show closes, a deejay spins into the night.

“Absinthe” has played to packed houses in New York and Miami. The show is produced by Spiegelworld, BASE Entertainment and Jess Ravich.


-Anne Burke, Custom Publishing Writer



Caesars Palace

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
$69; VIP package, $99

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Dark Mondays. Also dark June 12,
July 17 and Aug. 21