redietz
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October 15th, 2021 at 9:48:27 AM permalink
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If you like Absinthe, Opium at the Cosmo is worth seeing. We saw Opium twice, which - not sure if it was worth seeing twice, but we did it. Both Absinthe and Opium are adults only comedy variety shows.
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We saw Opium last time the guys and I were in LV. Had some almost front row seats. A friend of mine who knows what goes into designing these shows said that Opium was excellent and superior to Absinthe, which I really like. I picked up the drink tab for one drink each before the show. Well, mine was $40, but it was really good.
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October 15th, 2021 at 10:02:36 AM permalink
For whatever reason, I usually don't go to shows in Vegas - it's probably "sticker shock" from the ticket prices more than anything else.
Here are the ones I can think of that I have seen:
  • The Beatles "Love" - got a free ticket from MyVEGAS (back when you could earn decent single tickets), but would have paid full price for that one.
  • Terry Fator - the only part I didn't like was when he wasn't doing a character; it seemed to slow the show down.
  • Jabbawockeez - as I said in an earlier trip report, it's a 60-minute show that they tried stretching out to 90 minutes.
  • Spamalot (with John O'Hurley as Arthur) - I think the whole "audience participation" bit at the end brings it to a screeching halt. (Not particularly well known fact that I have probably mentioned on WoV before: the surviving Monty Python cast got together for a series of reunion stage shows in England to help pay damages against Eric Idle in a lawsuit from one of the Monty Python & the Holy Grail producers for a share of the Spamalot proceeds.)
  • Ka - got a free ticket with MLife Mastercard points; good, but not overwhelming, as it lacked the aerialism I expected from a Cirque show (it concentrates too much on that moving platform they use for a stage).
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October 15th, 2021 at 10:08:29 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

it's probably "sticker shock" from the ticket prices more than anything else.

AMEN, Preachin' to the Choir TGD !

Quote: ThatDonGuy

The Beatles "Love" - got a free ticket from MyVEGAS (back when you could earn decent single tickets), but would have paid full price for that one.

Yeah, I didn't see how that business model and/or M-Life could keep MyVegas going with Rewards to top-notch shows available (and ditto for some of the Buffets), but it was an excellent deal back in the hey-day.

BEATLES LOVE is my go-to recommendation if anyone asks me what they should see in Vegas.

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Jabbawockeez - as I said in an earlier trip report, it's a 60-minute show that they tried stretching out to 90 minutes.

I think you are being generous TGD, there is only 5 to 10 minutes of entertainment in there ! Note: At my age, I am probably not their target demographic.

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Ka - got a free ticket with MLife Mastercard points; good, but not overwhelming, as it lacked the aerialism I expected from a Cirque show (it concentrates too much on that moving platform they use for a stage).

I have seen this multiple times THANKS to MyVegas. When I have had front row seats, I had to be very aware of NOT stretching out my legs/feet because the performers come running by multiple times.
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October 18th, 2021 at 5:00:53 AM permalink
Does anyone have any experience with FILL-A-SEAT ? Sounds like it is best for smaller to medium sized shows, but I am not a member. Might be a good excuse to get out of the house. I think I first heard of this several years ago on Groupon ?

Also, don't Vegas locals get some good show discounts ?

https://www.fillaseatlasvegas.com/about.php

I have gone to a couple of concerts at home ( Blue-Oyster Cult courtesy of Empty-my-Wallet ) recently and I just try to be sensible Covid-wise, wearing a mask, etc.
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October 18th, 2021 at 9:33:51 AM permalink
A correction to my original post:

This comment:

Quoting FROMMER’s, “The best daytime show, in fact one of the most exceptional shows in Vegas period”.

.....belongs with MAC KING – NOT BEATLES LOVE.
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October 18th, 2021 at 12:41:13 PM permalink
Quote: JohnnyQ

A correction to my original post:

This comment:

Quoting FROMMER’s, “The best daytime show, in fact one of the most exceptional shows in Vegas period”.

.....belongs with MAC KING – NOT BEATLES LOVE.
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The Mac King show is decent in my opinion but nothing to write home about. It is one of the few shows that I have seen because it is an afternoon show. I am getting ready for bed at 7pm so most shows are out for me.
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October 18th, 2021 at 12:58:07 PM permalink
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The Mac King show is decent in my opinion but nothing to write home about.

Thank-you for sharing, EVEN THOUGH It pains me to hear you say that !

Now who's opinion should we take to heart, DRich's or JohnnyQ + Frommer's ?

Mac King is one of the few shows that I have seen that is consistently LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY ( Todd Paul was also one, but I think he might be retired now ) even though I have seen the show before.

Now yes MAC KING relies on some audience "volunteers" and their good nature is critical to success, but I think he can size up the audience pretty well and pick the right couple and that just ADDS to the comedy HI-JINX.

And I am sure you know, as an afternoon show, it comes at a steep discount compared to a typical evening show. There used to be coupons readily available to make the show even less expensive to see. I don't know what that situation is after his move to Excalibur.

I stand by my recommendation. And for being so funny, it is a good show for families.
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October 18th, 2021 at 1:09:16 PM permalink
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I stand by my recommendation. And for being so funny, it is a good show for families.
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Absolutely, I think it is targeted at both kids and adults.
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