Rome Diary IV:
Il Mio Ritorno a Roma!
Martedì 30 Gennaio 2018
Sunny: 59°F/15°C in Roma
Sunny: 66°F/19°C in Cedar Park, Texas
Buona giornata amici miei!
Following our initial week in Milano and I settled back into my rental apartment, my newest Roman Holiday commenced. We had hit the ground running the moment we got back with our jaunt to Lumina Studios and the taping of the pilot episode of the TV game show About You, that the
La famiglia: MikeBo,
Annamaria & Sergio,
Michael & Laura
One of the dreamers is Marsha De Francesco – Marsha Cincinnati- who has taken the name of her home town as her nom de plume as the impresario driving Rome’s Comedy Club, a hardy band of aspiring comedians who perform regularly at various Rome clubs to multilingual audiences. The
Rome Comedy Club's
On the way from my apartment on Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico to Michael and Laura’s home, I spotted the unmistakable outline of a circus tent in the parking lot of the EurRoma Due shopping center. It resembled the familiar Cirque du Soleil big top. But this was
the big tent for CirCuba, Cuba’s National Circus. When I said that because of the
political situation back home CirCuba
won’t be playing in Texas any time soon, Michael said, Fine! Laura and I were talking about going. We’ll invite Laura’s folks
and we’ll all go! And, so we did. If it’s still problematic for an American
citizen to travel to Cuba, it’s NO problem for an American visitor in Rome to
go to CirCuba!
What a show! CirCuba plays to its audience from the one-ring European model circus, not the three ring Big Top of American circuses. So, the more intimate setting seems to amplify the energy of the acrobats, gymnasts and jugglers and the Cuban music which drives the performers. Of course, there were the clowns who kept the audience engaged while the stagehands and performers moved scenery and equipment on stage between the acts. It was a highly entertaining evening out of my month-long sojourn in Roma. You may have to travel out of the good old USA to see one of the greatest shows on Earth, because CirCuba isn’t going to pitch its Big Top in Miami anytime soon!Another installment of my Rome Diary is coming your way very soon. I’ll keep you posted along the way.
[Mike Botula is the author of LST 920: Charlie Botula’s Long, Slow Target! He is a retired broadcast journalist, government spokesperson and media consultant. Mike’s book is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble Books. You can follow his blog at: mikebotula.blogspot.com, or visit Mike Botula at www.mikebotula.com]