Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
The Illusionists, a touring magical extravaganza that premiered in Australia, now making its way around the states after a stint on Broadway, offers a night of unbelievable magic and awe.
The show boastsw seven stars, each a master in their own field, from The Inventor to a Daredevil.
Emcee Jeff Hobson, known as “The Trickster,” is both funny and engaging, especially with the audience members.
Be prepared to be grossed out by Dan Sperry, nicknamed the Anti-Conjuror. A ghoulish magician who looks like Marilyn Manson, he performs two really disgusting tricks, one involving dental floss and another one with a quarter.
Hold your breath! Andrew Basso, the Escapologist, is placed upside down and handcuffed inside a glass water tank. Will he escape? Are the locks pickable? You will have to find out.
If you have dreamed of being in a show, you may get your chance because audience participation is heavily featured in “The Illusionists.”
The Vegas-style show is a bit hokey, but lots of fun. You will leave the theatre thinking “How did they do that?”
Running Time: 120 minutes with 1 intermission.
Now playing through April 9, 2017
Tickets for THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House Box Office.