Arts preview: You won’t need mind-altering substances at Cirque Du Soleil: “Totem”

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From the August 22, 2013 edition

In “Knocked Up,” Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd decide to eat ’shrooms and attend a Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil show, conveniently forgetting it doesn’t require any mind-altering substances to feel like you’re tripping during one of the group’s performances.

The shows are visual spectacles, incorporating wild costumes and awe-inspiring acts of physicality that’ll have the average attendee thinking, “I really need to hit the gym.” “Totem,” which runs through Sept. 15, is billed as “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind,” so heads-up if you’re a strict creationist.