Mummenschanz, the Swiss mask troupe known for creating gasp-inducing stage pictures out of simple objects like toilet paper and cardboard boxes, will bring its whimsical style of performance to the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts in Amherst at 8 tonight.

The troupe, founded by Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch in Paris in the early ’70s, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an international tour. Unlike more technically ambitious or acrobatic productions by Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man Group, Mummenschanz thrives on simplicity. Its performances are all about creating maximum effect from minimum input, and it relies heavily on the use of light and shadow to create theatrical illusions that strive to be more convincing than any CGI film sequence.

Tickets are $24.50 to $34.50. Call 645-2787 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski