Best known as the vehicle for a comparatively restrained 1938 Marx Brothers film, John Murray and Allen Boretz's 1937 Broadway comedy, Room Service, also later served as a touring stage show for the siblings. Now another comic quartet will have a go at the farce: The Flying Karamazov Brothers, who will star in a specially adapted version that incorporates their legendary juggling skills.
Unlike the Marxes, the Karamazovs will play all the parts in the comedy -- including the female role.
Room Service, directed by Robert Woodruff, began previews May 29 and will open June 3 for a run through July 13 at A Contemporary Theatre's "Falls Thrust" Theatre space in Seattle, WA. Said Karamazov Brother Dmitri (Paul Magid), "The plot of Room Service, about four guys trying to put on a show with no money and lots of intrigue, seemed a lot like the real life of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, so why not hold the mirror up to nature?"
Following the ACT staging the show will also play at Arena Stage in Washington DC and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Appearing with Magid are his other "brothers," Smerdyakov (Sam Williams), Rakitin (Michael Preston) and Ivan (Howard Jay Patterson). Designers for the show are Greco [sic] (set and costumes), Rick Paulsen (sound), with Doug Elkins providing choreography. The Brothers appeared Off-Broadway, winter 1996, in Sharps, Flats & Accidentals. Previous outings have included Juggle And Hyde and Club Sandwich, both seen at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre. They've also starred in a specially adapted version of A Comedy Of Errors, directed by Woodruff at NY's Lincoln Center.
For tickets ($16.25-$30.50) and information on ACT's Room Service call (206) 292-7676. Special, free post-play discussion with the cast will be held June 10, 15 and 22.
--By David Lefkowitz