In which I assume

If you had stopped me on Tuesday and asked me what my plans were for that evening, I would have said, “My husband made reservations to take me to dinner and then I’m going to see Cirque du Soleil perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.”

My sister called. “What fun thing are you up to this evening?”

I said, “Seeing Cirque du Soleil perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall.”

And she said, “Fun!”

My father stopped by on Monday evening to ask me to help him upgrade his Firefox on his MacBook (he got stuck with the dragging and dropping part of it. Gosh darn dragging and dropping! So confusing. KIDDING, DAD.) and he asked what we were up to the next evening as he and my mother would be babysitting. I said, “Seeing Cirque du Soleil perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall.” And he said, “Interesting!”

You see, I got an email inviting me to take advantage of media tickets to “Pop goes the Rock by Cirque Dreams at Heinz Hall” and I read no further. I saw “Cirque” and I assumed “Cirque du Soleil.”

I saw “Heinz Hall” and “Pop” and assumed we were talking about the PSO.

1+1=Cirque du Soleil perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!

I suck at math.

So I sat in my seat at Heinz Hall on Tuesday evening, my belly full of Chilean sea bass, and I expected to see Cirque du Soleil performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and that’s what my husband was expecting because that’s what I told him we were going to see and to this moment, I still don’t think he gets that THAT IS NOT WHAT WE SAW.

We saw an entirely different Cirque troop performing with a live band to some of the best tunes of my teen years.

“The Heat is On.”


“You Spin me Round.”

“SHE BANGS.” (All caps are necessary because SHE … BANGS)

“Up Where We Belong.”(I wanted to wave a lighter.)

“Jump For My Love”

“Like a Prayer”

“Never Gonna Let You Go” which was such a moving performance. OMG.

Just to name a few.

Now, when you go to see Cirque du Soleil, you’re seeing the Mercedes of circus acts. You watch the entire show without an ounce of nervousness in your belly because they NEVER MESS UP. EVER.

Cirque Dreams is one single half step down from Cirque du Soleil in some aspects and then in other aspects, it’s actually a half a step up. I saw things I’ve NEVER seen in any Cirque du Soleil performances, and I saw things that made me literally hide my eyes behind my program booklet because I couldn’t take the pressure.

My stomach was in knots. “What if he breaks that kid’s back!? What if the barrels fall?! What if he spins off the tiny little circle stage and flings that girl so far into the audience and with so much speed that she breaks apart mid-air like a dead satellite returning to earth?!”

It was stressful and AWESOME.

I don’t want to spoil any more of it for you because it’s a show you need to go in clueless so you can be completely awed when you see these humans doing these things that ARE NOT POSSIBLE.

Just be forewarned that the lights and lasers and colors make you feel like you’re about to have a seizure. It was like being stuck in a Phineas and Ferb dream sequence. Just go in there believing you’re going to be seeing Cirque du Soleil perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

You won’t regret it. You can buy tickets here. The show is only here until the 26th.

That all said … Cirque du Soleil performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

BEST IDEA EVER! Make it happen.

(Fine Print: I received two tickets to this performance. I was not asked to review the performance; I was simply invited to the show. This review is entirely my own opinion and I’m not being paid for it.)


  1. Magus Patris
    February 23, 2012 10:04 am

    Right after the show, our oldest son said, “I gotta go talk to that kid and find out how he did that! That looks like fun!” Dial 9-1- and keep your finger hovering over the last 1; get ready for “Circus Magnus”. I wonder if he’s going to ask for an electric guitar after I take him to see “Brit Floyd” tonight?

  2. hello haha narf
    February 23, 2012 11:50 am

    i am going tonight. can’t wait!

  3. redhead
    February 23, 2012 12:10 pm

    Were we at the same show? I mean, literally, were we at the same show? Because I had Orchestra seats on Tuesday and I left at intermission because I had no idea WTF I was watching.

    I’ll refrain from blasting the show because this isn’t my blog/people don’t come here to read my comments. The talent was good, but the show was confusing and weird in a “I like weird, but not this brand of weird,” but once the drummer left his kit to sing “She Bangs,” I was done for the evening.

    • Virginia
      February 23, 2012 12:12 pm

      Did you go alone? I think you sat RIGHT in front of me, because there was a woman there alone who left at intermission and never came back. Blondish chin-ish length hair? Orchestra row L probably would have been your seat. 101?

    • Virginia
      February 23, 2012 12:12 pm

      Also, you should have stuck it out. The second half was RIDICULOUS compared to the first. Blew my mind.

  4. mjc
    February 26, 2012 1:01 am

    i skimmed your review and actually bought tickets thinking i was taking my wife to see cirque du soleil perform with the pso for our anniversary. my math is much worse than yours, i would’ve never even known we saw something else if she didn’t check the info online before we left.

    either way, we both loved it and were afraid for the child too.