The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden

The 90-minute extravaganza will take place under a new “Odd-itorium in the Round,” custom-made by the premier tent maker in the world. Guests can expect a lavish, unique tent with a newly upgraded seating configuration designed to create a better viewing experience for all.

ENGLEWOOD — John Lennon’s Mr. Kite might have a splendid time at The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium.

The lyrics for Lennon’s “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album were entirely inspired by a 19th Century circus poster.

“When we hear that song, that’s what we think of,” said Allison Blei, co-producer and co-writer for the Mr. Swindle’s extravaganzas with her husband, Ivan Espana.

With all the magic, nostalgia and imagination of an old-fashioned tent circus show and more, Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium returns to West Dearborn Street for a third season. Blei promises a new cast of characters and performances in this year’s show.

Salto Entertainment scheduled performances from Jan. 8-19, two shows on weekends, at the Pioneer Plaza, 349 W. Dearborn St. The 370 tickets for the Jan. 8 show are already sold-out, and the Jan. 9 show is nearly sold-out, Blei said Tuesday. Each show is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Those who attended previous shows shouldn’t worry about being bored, she promised, since the acts are always changing.

“Our shows are quite unpredictable,” Blei said, citing how this year’s show includes a couple who shoot crossbows at each other.

Blei and Espana are Englewood residents. Swindle’s performers practice their acts in their back yard, Blei said.

“This year’s cast is filled with absurd characters who will take audiences through a journey of fantasy, frivolity and feast for the senses,” Biel told the Sun.

Even the tent is new.


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