The Ice Capades, at the Capital Centre through the 23rd, is family entertainment at its best, with something for everyone. There is spectacle and illusion, tradition and space-age fantasy, romance and comedy. World champion artists of the ice display breathtaking skills in ballet, ballroom dance and acrobatics.
Costuming and sets are a feast for the eyes, the dynamics of the action continuously hold one's attention, and the musical accompaniment by a crack band of area musicians is a delight.
Carol Fox and Richard Dalley tangoed to a Rudolph Valentino image projected onto a screen, and Daniel Be'land interpreted songs of Edith Piaf with leaps and twirls that defied gravity.
Paul Martini and Barbara Underhill burned up the ice to a powerhouse Buddy Rich arrangement, and Gordon Forbes and Kay Thomson rendered Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano" with grace and high-stepping rhythm.
Eerie music introduced "Astral Galaxy" as Tom Dickson descended amid spooky smoke. For Rodgers and Hart's "Lover," Day-Glo-attired skaters floated aloft in black light as they metamorphosed into butterflies. Steve Taylor hurdled a six-foot barrier, dived through a flaming hoop and catapulted himself over a Plymouth van.
Production number themes included the Statue of Liberty, Keystone Kops and bathing beauties. For laughs there was the zany Bob Mac with his slapstick and the initially debonair Brad Doud, who turned out to be a clumsy oaf as he demolished the costumes of "All the Girls I've Loved Before."
All of this was topped by a troupe of Ewoks and their archenemies the Duloks in a charming skit that included musical instruction in that arcane linguistic phenomenon, Ewokese.