A friend of ours invited us to his company's corporate entertainment at their recent 3-day conference in Austin. The show was "Neil Goldberg's Cirque". It's a slightly less polished and less glitzy version of Cirque de Soleil. It was interesting to see them make use of the limited space in the Hilton ballroom and it was an enjoyable performance.
But... a standing ovation? The one thing that continues to puzzle me is that every show I attend (musicals, plays, you name it) receives a standing ovation. Every show. It's ridiculous. What happened to reserving a standing ovation for a really incredible performance? Or is American theatre really just that good?