It's not invisible, it's not a circus. What it is is a gentle comic entertainment of sight-gags, illusions, animal acts and objets d'arte. The Invisible Circus has played all over the world and now returns to CA's LaJolla Playhouse two years after its last engagement there, Dec. 10-21.
Husband and wife Jeann Baptiste Thierree and Victoria Chaplin (Charlie's daughter) offer an essentially silent parade of visual jokes and feats of balance and grace. A master mime, Thierree worked with both Federico Fellini and Peter Brook. Chaplin's specialty is using found objects to transform herself into flowers and fantasy animals.
Dubbed "The Clown Jewels" by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chaplin & Thierree end the 1997 La Jolla season -- one that included Rent and the new Barry Manilow musical, Harmony.
For tickets ($27-$34) and information on The Invisible Circus at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, call (619) 550-1010.
-- By David Lefkowitz