2022-11-25 10:00:23

Review: At the Big Apple Circus, Its a Family Affair

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The New York Times
By Alexis Soloski

Nepotism babies, performers who were launched into the entertainment industry with a boost from a family member or two, have a bad reputation. Maybe they deserve a better one. During the Big Apple Circuss Dream Big, the latest splendid show to alight beneath its lavish tent in a corner of Lincoln Centers plaza, second-, third- and fourth-generation performers swoop, swing, somersault and traverse a high wire 20 feet in the air. In the short videos that precede the acts, each credits their success to the mothers, fathers, uncles or grandparents who went into the ring before them. Nik Wallenda, the headliner, can trace his big top lineage back nearly 250 years, as can his 69-year-old mother, Delilah Wallenda, who helps him onto that wire.

Sure, these performers started their careers a couple of rungs up the ladder. Then again, that ladder is unstable and balanced atop a tottering platform. So whos complaining? And who has time to complain when ones mouth is too busy shrieking in terror and delight?

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