LAS VEGAS -- Following the trend of more unconventional stage
productions, Rio All-Suite Casino Resort opened the unusual
Argentine import "De La Guarda" last month to a standing ovation.
The audience would have to be standing while applauding as there
are no seats.
Instead, members of the audience are free to roam throughout the
70-minute performance, and some are invited to become part of the
Because simulated rain, mist, fog, thunder and wind tunnels are
part of the act, audiences are urged to wear casual clothes.
The flying rock show was created by Argentineans Pichon Baldinu
and Diqui James. Open to many interpretations, it is generally
thought to reflect the writers' early experiences during a
politically unstable period in Argentina.
The score was composed by Gaby Kerpel.
USA Today described the show, which also is playing off-Broadway
in New York, as "a drug experience without the drugs."
Others have called it "part carnival, part madhouse and part
In any case, "De La Guarda" is one of the hottest tickets in
Show time is at 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with a second
show at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Entrance is within Rio's Masquerade
Village shopping area.
Tickets are $45, plus tax.
The Rio box office can be reached at (702) 252-7776; Web:
For Ticketmaster, call (702) 474-4000 or visit their Web site www.ticketmaster.com.