Josh Bartell, 10, of La Crescenta is a fifth-grader at La Crescenta
BURBANK -- “The Funky Punks’ Circus Spectacular,” produced by the
Troubadour Theater Company at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank, is
directed by Matt Walker. It is worth seeing for people of all ages,
but you have to be willing to have fun.
In some parts it is very silly, such as the girl in the box who
has extendable legs. In other parts, it is simply amazing, like when
the girl gets over her fear and swings from the Hula-Hoop while
flipping on and through it. It even has a touch of magic to it.
This circus includes guitar, drums and funny, clowned-up music. I
greatly enjoyed seeing all the amazing acts and stunts, and I hope
you do too.
Deborah Charlie-Bartell of La Crescenta is a professor at
Antelope Valley College and mother of fellow critic Josh Bartell.
If you’re looking for a chance to escape for an hour, then the
Troubadour Theater Company’s “Funky Punks’ Circus Spectacular” is the
place to go. Directed by Matt Walker, the cast offers all the
laughter and delight of a traveling circus without the dust and
scattered peanut shells. The Falcon Theatre has stadium-style seating
that allows one to sit center ring.
As the ringmaster ushers in each act, listen carefully and you’ll
chuckle at the scattered literary allusions, political satire and
good advice (stay in school) while enjoying the time-honored
slapstick (with a modern twist) that takes center stage. You’ll be
amazed at the transformation of the shy Hula-Hoop girl and
entertained by two disco-dancing jugglers. The family of acrobats
will surprise you -- and sometimes themselves -- as they roll and
flip across stage, urged on by a Viking-helmeted “mama” brandishing
an egg whisk.
The Funky Punks, in their colorful and eclectic found-in-the-attic
costumes, are all smiles and endless energy. The costumes and music
alone will make you want to run off and join the circus, at least for
one hour. For the adults, it’s a touching circus parody; for the
kids, it’s just plain fun.