CIrque exotique du monde
Now playing at Dragon Theater, Redwood City through October 8th
Strict rules must be enforced when one is in charge of a world-renowned circus. The rules, according to Honore Sarrasine, director of Cirque Exotique du Monde, are simple. The circus is God, Country, King. The world outside is an illusion. The illusion inside is reality. While illusions are essential, duplicity is not tolerated. Sarrasine is masterful and unchallenged among circus owners around the world but when a strange doctor visits seeking oddities for his own collection, the equilibrium is shaken and balance toppled. Inside the canvas tent suspicion simmers, distrust grasps hold and dissention erupts. Outside, World War II looms bringing German National Socialists and their demands to the big top. Sarrasine must enforce the laws of the circus at all costs. Illusions must be maintained, secrets kept, and personal sacrifices made. The show must go on! Lives depend upon it.