When it comes to juggling and comedy, they're sharp, rarely flat and almost never have an accident. They're The Flying Karamazov Brothers, and they're returning to New York this season with a new show, "Sharps, Flats & Accidentals," opening at Off-Broadway's family-oriented New Victory Theatre on West 42nd St., Dec. 5 to Jan. 1. In late 1994, the four-man juggling and novelty troupe played Broadway for 50 performances in The Flying Karamazov Brothers Do The Impossible. That production featured a noted segment -- brought back this year -- called the Gamble, described in the Playbill thusly: "Our champ will juggle any three objects, supplied and chosen by the audience, which are heavier than an ounce, lighter than ten pounds, and no bigger than a breadbox."
"Objects" in past Gambles have included a slice of pizza, a chicken carcass, a Slinky and a plate of spaghetti.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers are, in real life, Paul Magid (Dmitri), Howard Jay Patterson (Ivan), Michael Preston (Ratikin), Sam Williams (Smerdyakov). This is their fifth New York engagement in their 23 year history, and the troupe has performed at festivals in Scotland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Bermude and Israel.
"Juggling is rhythm," Ivan/Patterson was quoted as saying, "and rhythm is music. Based on the theory that if a=b and b=c, then a=c, we can conclude that juggling is music."
For tickets ($10-$25) and information on the two-hour "Sharps, Flats & Accidentals," call (212) 564-4222.
-- By David Lefkowitz