“Slava’s Snowshow,” which has returned to New York for a limited engagement more than a decade after its first Broadway run, is not your typical holiday fare. While the show’s cast is made up entirely of clowns, bulbous red noses, funny shoes and all, the tone is more ruminative and wistful than holly-jolly happy.
Then again, the holidays are famously a time of year when loneliness and angst tend to hit their peak for many people, so perhaps this vision of sad clowns forging their lonely paths through a chilly landscape will warm the hearts of those unmoved by, say, the zesty high-kicking of the Rockettes.
First created by the Russian producer and performer Slava Polunin in 1993, the show has toured widely internationally, gathering prestigious awards including an Olivier Award, as well as a Tony nomination. It first made an appearance Off-Broadway in 2004 before a short stint on Broadway in 2008.