When the Ringling Brothers circus collided with the Barnum & Bailey circus, the result was three spectacular rings of spectacle, plus clowns. Juggling clowns, clowns in cars, sad clowns what have you. But: There are also elephants and a heightened degree of colorful theatricality, thanks to the last couple of decades of Cirque du Soleil's influence on Big Circus. They don't call it "The Greatest Show on Earth" for nothing; they call it that for a reason. The reason being that Civil War re-enactments don't include trapeze artists and the circus does.
Wed., Sept. 10, 7 p.m., 2008