A Saturday afternoon spent at the New Victory Theater is the perfect one for my kids and I, and this past Saturday was no exception. My daughter and I went to see the extremely creative and utterly wonderful CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi), featuring the six young talents of Flip FabriQue, an up-and-coming troupe from Quebec City, Canada, whose members have performed with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, 7 Fingers and more. We ventured to a 12pm show which we found full of other families with (much younger) children than my tween. But after being an avid theater-goer at the New Vic for the last five years, she knows better than to estimate by the audience’s average age. I will admit, that as a middle-aged adult, I thoroughly enjoy the New Vic’s programming, and she had no doubt she would, too.
CATCH ME! is one of those fearless, fast-paced shows that takes athleticism and showmanship to new heights in a high-flying spectacle that highlights the artists’ ( men and 1 woman) individual talents, including aerial hoop, aerial straps, banquina, juggling and trampowall, among others. Inspired by their real life story, the premise of the show is simple: 6 friends find themselves together after ten years apart and in one summer’s day, they reunite sharing stories of their time apart. But of course, no words are necessary when you can move like they can. I couldn’t help but peek at my daughter’s amazement every now and then, nor could I avoid catching the smile on the eldlerly patron in the seat next to me.
CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi) has a running time of 75 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for everyone ages 5 and up.
General Ticket Information Tickets for CATCH ME! (ATTRAPE-MOI) at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) are $10, $13, $18 or $25 for Members based on seat locations, with full price tickets starting at $15. Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more NEW VICTORY shows qualify for free Membership, with benefits including up to 35-percent savings on tickets all season long, invitations to special events and unlimited free ticket exchanges. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 646-223-3010.
The NEW VICTORY box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. For more information, visit the NEW VICTORY website.
Disclosure: I was provided with complimenatary tickets to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.