Fodor's Expert Review Absinthe
Sometimes it’s not the elements, but how they are combined. Perhaps the setting, too. Absinthe takes circus acrobatics, raunchy comedy, and a couple of saucy burlesque numbers and puts them all under a tent in front of Caesars Palace. (At least it’s a tentlike structure; once it was decided the show would stick around, fire inspectors insisted on a sturdy, semi-permanent pavilion.) The audience surrounds the performances on a small, 9-foot stage. The show is hosted by a shifty insult comic known as the Gazillionaire. This is cheap raunch for a discerning audience. And, like Penn & Teller’s show, it’s on some level a knowing salute to show business itself.