A Peek at Absinthe at L.A. Live

Courtesy of Absinthe at L.A. Live

I recently had the privilege of catching a preview of Absinthe during its limited showcase in Downtown Los Angeles, and those of you who recognize my byline know I have some skin in the game with this show—as a former Bubble Girl who remains a huge fan of Spiegelworld, the production company behind the hit variety show.

Las Vegas locals: I highly recommend you get on the website of your preferred airline or hop in your car, because to miss this new iteration of one of Vegas’ favorite shows would be criminal.

Everything you love about Absinthe in Vegas is there—sparkle, sex, sweat and subversion—but the additions and new faces in the cast are simply sexier. There are a lot more girls, giving the show more balance than Vegas’ current cast, and they are all spectacular.

The Silicone Valley Girls trio, in particular, are joyous; the new male/female aerial duo, the Flying Farquhars, took my breath away; and The Girl in the Bubble, who is technically—and delightfully—a Double Bubble now has an incredible sensual stage presence and a body to die for. As someone who spent a lot of time inside a giant balloon, I can vouch for the difficulty that comes with this prop. I struggle to comprehend how she manipulated herself and her bubble into the shapes she did. Mightily impressive, with a hell of a payoff that I won’t spoil here!

There are a few character changes, and some unfortunate song choices that limit how much the Green Fairy connects with the audience. Still, the two female vocalists in the show (the other being Misty West 88th Street) are wonderfully talented and absolutely stunning.

The updates to the show are perfectly tuned. There is a new energy, a return to Absinthe‘s raw roots, that should not be missed.


Through April 23, dates and times vary, $49–$129, L.A. Live, absinthela.com