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    Million Dollar Quartet to open residency at Harrah’s in February

    By Cindi Moon Reed

    Editor's Note: With the news that the Million Dollar Quartet will begin a residency at Harrah's in February, we take a look back at a review from the touring version of the show that stopped by The Smith Center during the summer.

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    Cirque de Street Clothes

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Imagine Cirque du Soleil stripped down to its core, void of elaborate costumes, multimillion-dollar stages and special effects. Then take its acrobatic elements and set them to contemporary music such as hip-hop and dubstep. Bundle this up with a storyline that explores mental illness. This is PSY: Mind-Blowing Circus by Montreal-based theatrical group Les 7 Doigts de la Main (the seven fingers of the hand). The 10-year-old troupe made its Las Vegas debut on May 15-16 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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    The Color Purple

    By Cindi Moon Reed

    The informal rule of casino-housed production shows is that they last 90 minutes and have no intermission—primarily to minimize time away from gambling. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has no such obligation. And right on cue, I had a few Pavlovian fidgets 90 minutes into the 145-minute musical (not counting the 15-minute intermission) The Color Purple. But whenever my muscles twitched, the fantastic performance pulled me back in.

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    Grandma Lee


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    The cantankerous sailor-mouthed coot is definitely not someone whom you’d want sitting across from you at Thanksgiving dinner. Which is, naturally, what makes the comedian so hilarious. She repeatedly stirs the cognitive dissonance generated when a stooped old lady weighing not much more than her age carefully eases her way onstage with the help of a four-footed cane, gingerly sits down on a stool in the spotlight, and proceeds to tell the audience the explicit sexual acts she’d like to repeatedly perform on the warm-up comics.

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    Building a Laugh

    It started off badly. Opening with a bit about household caulk with lines such as, “Women always want new caulk.” Get it? Because it sounds like cock! Then it got worse. Of shooting his grandmother in the leg with a BB gun, “She thought it was chiggers. Of course, nowadays you have to say chegros.” Really? That’s just lazy.

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    Absinthe

    By Jarret Keene

    April 1 was INDEED a day for foolishness and frivolity, marking another gala premiere night for a show on the Strip. Seats were jammed with casino execs, production insiders, local celebs and media in a—get this—tent situated between Serendipity 3 and Caesars Palace. That was my first clue that Absinthe will stand out in today’s Cirque-dominated entertainment scene.

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    Don Rickles

    By Jason Harris

    On March 20, the “Merchant of Venom,” Don Rickles, spit his fire at The Orleans Showroom audience, and they were delighted. While age (84) might have slowed him down physically, Rickles is still sharp and full of piss and vinegar. A Las Vegas headliner for 52 years, he still bobs and weaves across the stage energetically, although he does use his deteriorating physical condition to garner laughs. For example, he repeatedly dropped the microphone, and then stared down his orchestra’s bandleader, demanding he pick it up.

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    Whoopi Goldberg

    By Jason Harris

    On March 25, at the mostly full Treasure Island Theater, Whoopi Goldberg conducted what could be considered the entertainment version of a town hall meeting, while audience members (almost all women) seemed to throw comments at her after nearly every topic. Goldberg discussed everything from getting old, (“I can’t remember shit. Now when somebody approaches me, the first thing I ask is, ‘Did we sleep together,’”) to racism, celebrities and politics—sometimes all rolled into one.

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    The Power of Love

    By Cindi Reed

    The world of Celine Dion is divided into two opposing groups: those who love her, and those who love somebody who loves her. I fall into the second group: I love Las Vegas, and Las Vegas loves tourists who love Celine. If you reduce that equation to the lowest common denominator, it predicts that pretty much everybody will end up seeing Celine’s new show at Caesars Palace, whether they want to or not.

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    A one-month checkup on JabbaWockeeZ’s new show at the Monte Carlo

    The JabbaWockeeZ are currently storming the stage with their hip-hop show, MÜS.I.C. (pronounced Muse I See). After a successful run at the MGM Grand earlier this year, the high-energy dance crew—who got their break by winning Season 1 of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in 2008—moved into a new home at the Monte Carlo on Oct. 7, taking over for Lance Burton.

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