After traveling around the universe — or, more accurately, traveling L'Universe around, The Flying Karamazov Brothers are now juggling a new show, billed as a "greatest hits and then some" celebration. Titled Catch!, the latest evening by the comedy-juggling-adrobatic troupe will, of course, include "The Gamble" (which L'Universe did not), along with a brand new piece wherein the fellas teach audience members how to juggle.
Since that piece was workshopped at Seattle's "On the Boards" festival, it's only fitting that Catch! is having its world premiere in the same city, at A Contemporary Theatre, Jan. 23-Feb. 17. The show officially opens Jan. 25.
L'Universe also premiered, in January 2000, at ACT, and the Brothers have done nine previous shows there as well. The current roster of the Flying Karamazovs includes Paul Magid (Dmitri), Howard Jay Patterson (Ivan), Mark Ettinger (Alexei) and the newest addition, Roderick "Baby K" Kimball (Pavel).
Other Brothers shows have included the 1996 music and rhythm piece, Sharps, Flats and Accidentals, and ACT's Room Service. Their first Broadway visit was in 1983's Juggling and Cheap Theatrics.
As for the aforementioned "The Challenge," that's where the Brothers will juggle any object the audience brings to them. Objects, which must be "heavier than an ounce, lighter than ten pounds and no bigger than a breadbox...may be destroyed in the process." For tickets and information on Catch! at ACT, 700 Union Street in Seattle, call (206) 292-7676.
-- By David Lefkowitz