Theatre Review by David Hurst - November 17, 2019
Slava's Snowshow Created by Slava Polunin. Staged by Slava Polunin. Scenography: Slava Polunin and Viktor Plotnikov. Cast: Francesco Bifano, Spencer Chandler, Georgiy Deliyev, Alexandre Frish, Slava Polunin, Vanya Polunin, Robert Saralp, Nikolai Terentiev, Elena Ushakova, Aelita West, Bradford West, Artem Zhimo.
Slava's Snowshow was first seen Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre in 2004 before making its Broadway debut in 2008 at the Helen Hayes. Its structure, such as it is, remains basically unchanged and that's a good thing. With a rotating ensemble of clowns, the audience is treated to a loveable gang of sad sacks and their ridiculous antics, complete with an avalanche of bubbles and, literally, a blizzard of snow in its now famous finale, a thrilling coup de théâtre composed of small squares of white paper which you'll happily be picking out of your hair and clothes for days.
A word of warning for those of you who are clown-averse (and you know who you are) or recoil in horror from audience participation: Slava's Snowshow isn't for you, particularly in the orchestra seats where you're bound to get a little wet and caught up in a spider's web of enchantment. But if you can put your seasonal Grinch away for a few hours, there's wonderment and charm to be had with these clowns' well-intentioned mayhem.