photo courtesy of Chad Ramberg
Looking for a quirky, offbeat show for the kids this holiday season? Echo Theater’s “Superhero Old Folks’ Home” may be just the experience you are looking for. Filled with aerial dancing, acrobatics, trapeze work and gymnastics, the show is loosely based around the idea of what happens to fictional superheroes as they age and how that affects their children and grandchildren.
The show is divided up into 13 scenes. The best scenes are when the show dispenses with the storyline or dialogue and simply focuses on the incredible trapeze work or aerial dancing. Standouts include a scene where a mom and dad pair of superheroes dance on the side of their building after the kids have gone to bed. Another impressive scene called “Wing Walking” features a couple doing trapeze work and aerial acrobatics.
Parents and kids should know that there are no mainstream superheroes in this show — no Superman or Batman. The superheroes are all ones made up by Echo Theater featuring names like Solar Ray and Bombshell. No capes to be found.
This show is best for kids ages 10 and up, in part due to mild sexual jokes. Kids who are already involved in Echo Theater’s aerial, circus theater, and trapeze classes will enjoy seeing some of their instructors on stage in “Superhero Old Folks’ Home“.
Performances for “Superhero Old Folks’ Home” run December 9-18 at Echo Theater, located at 1515 SE 37th Ave in Portland. Tickets are $18-25 each, and can be purchased online at www.echotheaterpdx.org/events/superhero-old-folks-home. All seats are close to the stage, and parking can be found nearby on side streets.
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