DC50’s Robin Hamilton Checks out Side Show

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Courtesy Joan Marcus

 

 

 

As a reporter, I get to see the good, bad and ugly in the world, so I decided to escape from it all and take a trip to the theatre – only to find the same thing, sort of.

 

The Kennedy Center pulls up the curtain to Side Show, introducing us to a circus of misfits and a sad tale of love, desire, deception and a quest for fame.

 

Ironically enough, it’s based on a true story about two conjoined twins who join a circus during the Great Depression and gain acclaim for being the featured attraction.

However, is being a spectacle too high a price to pay to achieve a dream?

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett play twins Violet and Daisy, respectively. With beautiful vocals, a strong supporting cast, freakishly good costumes and makeup and an innovative set, this Bill Condon-directed play takes us under the Big Tent of outcasts.

 

Side Show plays at Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre through July 13th.

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