Rio presents offbeat Argentine production

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 action.

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 spectacle."

In any case, "De La Guarda" is one of the hottest tickets in town.

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: www.playrio.com.

For Ticketmaster, call (702) 474-4000 or visit their Web site www.ticketmaster.com.

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