EDIT by DL: The first posts have been moved from http://www.controlbooth.com/forums/lighting/10911-lighting-cirques-mystere.html, to keep that one focused on Mystere, and start a new thread for this topic. Yeah...all the reasons you put forth are why I find him to be flashy and trashy. Maybe showy is a better word. But you have proved my point Derek. The original poster talked about how much Vegas is about "Hey look what we can afford." Which by your own admission is how Lafortune designs. He is (was) not restricted by budget or space limitations. A "ooh I can put a light here approach" if you will. Along with no script comes no (light) plot. The fact of the matter is Lafortune himself has admitted that he's not someone young designers should talk to because of his unique approach. Given his unlimted budget and creation proscess...I find that more flashy and trashy. Spectacular? Yes. But more eye candy than thought out. Lafortune is a fantastic designer by all means. But I find Mystere just as flashy as Ka. That being said I like Mystere...better than most other Cirque or Dragon shows I've seen. They funny thing about Mystere is that they built the space more like a tent then they did a theatre which is evident when you tour backstage.