Cirque Polynesian is a South Seas-themed presentation that includes fire eaters, contortionists and motorcycle dare-devils. It, too, is a family-friendly presentation.
Not so Cirque Risque, a/k/a "The Nude Circus." This adults-only show won't really show everything there is to show - this is, after all, still Atlantic City. But the cast members will be wearing as little as they possibly can (G-strings, pasties, whatever decency and alcoholic beverage-service laws allow).
According to Resorts CEO Dennis Gomes, the circuses (circi? circum?) will likely run well into the fall, and perhaps beyond that (the venue boasts complete heating and air-conditioning systems). But, said Gomes, the space, which has 400 more seats than the property's Superstar Theater, may host headliners as well.
"Great American Circus" showtimes are 4:30 p.m. Friday and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $35-$18 (adults) and $16-$9 (children under 12).
"Cirque Polynesian" showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $45-$30 (adults) and $16-12 (kids).
"Cirque Risque" showtime is 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $69-$39 (must be 18).
For tickets to all shows, call 800-736-1410, or go to ticketmaster.com.
Dinos invade Showboat
Also looking to lure younger visitors and their parental units is Showboat Atlantic City, which on Sunday debuts the cleverly named "Dinoshore" exhibit. The program runs through Labor Day and utilizes robotics and authentic fossils and skeletons to tell the story of the "terrible lizards" that ruled the earth millions of years ago.
Showtime is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is $15.50 (adults), $10.50 (seniors and kids under 12) and $7.50 (for groups of 10 or more). A $42 family four-pack (two adults, two children) is also available. For tickets, call 800-736-1410, or go to ticketmaster.com.
Rihanna package at Borgata
To celebrate Sunday's set by chart-topping pop tart Rihanna, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa is offering fans a special hotel/concert deal.
The "Get Loud with Rihanna" package includes one night in a Fiore Suite at the Big B, two general-admission concert tickets, two meet-and-greet passes to hang with Rihanna before the show, VIP access to, and bottle service at the after-party at MIXX and a $100 in-room dining credit. The tab for this memorable night begins at $1,500. For info and reservations, call 866-900-4849, or go to theborgata.com.
The suite life at Trop
A couple of "whales" may have recently taken Tropicana Casino and Resort for more than $10 million at the craps and blackjack tables, but management there knows that mathematical probability always wins out over dumb luck. Which is why the casino has upped its high-roller-attracting ante with the opening of 26 Cielo Suites ("cielo" is Spanish for "sky").
Created out of 88 standard hotel rooms on the 14th and 15th floors of the North Tower, the suites offer premium players Caribbean-style décor, ocean views and an array of creature comforts including large, flat-screen TVs, state-of-the-art showers and even, in some cases, pool tables.
While Trop poobahs probably hope to keep the suites filled with big-time players, they can be rented by cash customers as well, with the largest one (2,170 square feet) going for north of $4,000 per night.
For more info and reservations, call 609-340-4000, or go to Tropicana.net.
Rendezvous in Cyberspace
Please join Inquirer writer Suzette Parmley and me Wednesday at 11 a.m. as we conduct our monthly Web chat about the region's casino scene. You can find us, of course, at philly.com. See you there!
Chuck Darrow has been covering Atlantic City and casinos for over 20 years. Read
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on Atlantic City's WOND (1400-AM) with Marc Berman.