Thanks to some good friends, I was able to see La Rêve at the Wynn Las Vegas last night. Needless to say it was quite an extravaganza.
This show has to have the 2nd most dangerous moving stage on the strip (after Ka, which I generally rate higher than La Rêve). While Ka appears as if it can tear the Entire building down, La Rêve can merely drown you and 50 of your closest friends.
Having worked in theaters, this show was a blast for me to watch. The level of show automation was incredible, with scenic transitions that seemed to roundly stun the audience.
La Rêve’s theater-in-the-round was very comfortable and intimate (seating and audience of less than 270, the farthest seats were less than 50 feet from the action).
The only thing I found lacking was the music. With some exceptions, the soundtrack (accompanied by live vocalists, guitarist & electronic musician) was virtually all-fat.
Comprised mostly of audio posturing & texture, it was quite serviceable music (I guess). But why bother with a half-assed soundtrack after putting together an otherwise enjoyable show? Ran over budget?
Granted, most audience members probably didn’t notice the few minutes of Mortal Kombat theme woven in there, but why punish the discerning? It really was a missed opportunity for the show. They could have been amazing, but instead they treated us to an often-vapid string of musical pearls. Fake pearls, from the toy store. Each as forgettable as the next.
Despite the fact that this amazing and narrative-free show is an obscure jumble of pseudo-symbolic erotic aerobatics at a swim-meet, I would definitely see it again for free. Take it away Patton Oswald: