Cirque du Soleil Wackiness at Strip Primanti’s | Program Notes

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cirque du Soleil Wackiness at Strip Primanti’s

Posted By on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Three performers from the touring Cirque Du Soleil show Varekai invaded Primanti’s Brothers in the Strip District this morning to publicize the show’s upcoming performance in Pittsburgh.




There was Kamikaze, who sported a reflective blue outfit with fins on his head and back; the Guide, dressed in all black and sporting a helmet with a lightbulb ; and Skywatcher, a shirtless blonde wearing brown pants and green leaves sprouting from his waist.

Faces covered in elaborate makeup, they stepped behind the lunch counter to help the restaurant’s long-time manager, Toni Haggerty, make a pastrami sandwich. The three spoke only using short grunts (though Skywatcher did let out a “Madonna!” as he held up two Styrofoam cups to his nipples.)

On Thursday, you can see them in their element at the Petersen Events Center, where Varekai debuts at 7:30 p.m.

The show (a big-top version of which played Pittsburgh in 2007) follows a young man who falls from the sky and lands in the forest ofVarekai, a place where whimsical creatures roam. Attendees can expect to see jugglers, aerial acrobats, contortionists, and of course, clowns.

The show continues through Sunday, with a Friday performance at 7:30 p.m., Saturday performances at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday performances at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $32-100. Buy them here.

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