The production is billed this way: "A unique blend of music, comedy, dance, theatre and juggling that is sure to dazzle young and old alike, 4Play features The Flying Karamazov Brothers, New York's favorite multi-faceted new-vaudevillians at the apex of their ambidextrous and alliterative ability. Come watch the Flying K's as they prove with each performance that chaos and unexpected events in our lives are the best part of being human."
The audience is invited to bring objects to the theatre for the Karamazovs to keep airborne in a challenge that "ends either with a pie in the face or a standing ovation, making each show a unique experience and sometimes a messy one."
4Play features Paul Magid, Mark Ettinger, Rod Kimball and Stephen Bent. It's written by Paul Magid and The Flying Karamazov Brothers. Magid directs, with choreography by Doug Elkins, music direction by Mark Ettinger, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by David Hutson, set design by The Flying Karamazov Brothers and original music by Mark Ettinger, Doug Wieselman and Howard Patterson.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers were born on April 23, 1973, at a renaissance fair in northern California. They went on to play in legit theatres and in 1980 won an Obie Award. Their first show, Juggling & Cheap Theatrics, was presented in 1981 at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago and the Arena Stage, Washington, DC. They ran in London's West End at the Mayfair Theatre in 1981. In 1982 they played the BAM Next Wave Festival. Their first Broadway run was at the Walter Kerr in 1983, and later that year they shot a Showtime special of Juggling and Cheap Theatrics at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. In 1983 they performed at the Goodman Theatre in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, directed by Robert Woodruff. In 1984 they performed at the Goodman Theatre in Paul Magid's The Three Moscowteers, directed by Robert Woodruff. In 1986 they reopened the Vivian Beaumont Theater with Juggling and Cheap Theatrics. In 1986 they premiered their new show Juggle and Hyde at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi Newhouse Theater. In 1987 they returned to the Vivian Beaumont with The Comedy Errors, which was later viewed on PBS' "Great Performances." In 1994 they ran The Flying Karamazov Brothers Do The Impossible on the West End at the Criterion Theatre and on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street. 4Play performs Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM, and a Sunday evening performance at 5 PM.
Tickets are $20-$65 and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phoning (800) 982-2787 or at the Minetta Lane Box Office.
For more information about The Flying Karamazov Brothers and 4Play, visit www.fkb.com.