Las Vegas Theater Review: ABSINTHE (Caesars Palace)

by Dan Zeff on January 22, 2012

in Theater-Las Vegas

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DRINK PLENTY OF ABSINTHE
BEFORE YOU ATTEND THIS FRAT PARTY

Absinthe, Caesars Palace Hotel, Penny Pibbets, Angel Porrino, Las Vegas Theater Review by Dan ZeffAbsinthe – an uneasy cross between terrific variety acts and a stag party – takes place near the entrance to Caesars Palace Hotel, in a 600-seat tent; it’s an in-the-round venue that brings viewers close in to the acts (and, for better or worse, to the X-rated humor as well).

There is a loud, abrasive, and obscene in-your-face master of ceremonies (whose name I didn’t catch), raunchily assisted by his female sidekick Penny Pibbets. Between the two they leave no scatological words or images unexamined. But, to be sure, this isn’t edgy humor with a satirical or social sting, a la Lenny Bruce or George Carlin; oh no, it’s raw stuff for its own sake, and one’s reaction is totally a matter of taste…or the lack thereof. (The oddest act comes from Angel Porrino, a barely clad young lady who does bizarre and amusing things with an inflated balloon.)

Absinthe, Caesars Palace Hotel, Penny Pibbets, Angel Porrino, Las Vegas Theater Review by Dan Zeff

There is no hypocrisy in Absinthe; the show revels in its relentless scatology and wears its vulgarity like a badge of honor. Let the record show that the large audience whooped and hollered through the entire evening. Said audience was composed largely of 20- and 30-somethings, male and female, and sounding very well-served alcoholically. That’s clearly the target demographic, so if it fits your profile, enjoy!

Absinthe, Caesars Palace Hotel, Penny Pibbets, Angel Porrino, Las Vegas Theater Review by Dan Zeff

Absinthe has become one of the most popular (and lowest priced) shows on the Vegas Strip. The extremism of the master of ceremonies and Ms. Pibbets may induce discomfort, or it may carry the audience on a “What the heck, this is Las Vegas” high. But beware: For some viewers, much of Absinthe will be inevitably and thoroughly cringe-inducing.

Absinthe, Caesars Palace Hotel, Penny Pibbets, Angel Porrino, Las Vegas Theater Review by Dan Zeff

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photos by Tom Donoghue

Absinthe
Spiegelworld at Caesars Palace
Flamingo Road & Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas
open run
for tickets, call 800.745.3000 or visit Absinthe

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Jonathan Goldman May 29, 2015 at 12:25 am

And bring your own seat pads for the crammed folding chairs in the tent. Then hope that someone rather large doesn’t wind up next to you.

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