They can tickle your brain while thrilling your
eyes,* said The Washington Post of the award-winning troupe The Flying
Karamazov Brothers. The internationally acclaimed quartet brings its
exciting vaudevillian comedy-and-juggling spectacle, 4 Play, to the
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM.
Tickets, which are $59-$39, can be purchased at the CCPA Ticket Office,
at www.cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 467-8818.
Expect the unexpected with THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS IN 4 PLAY. The
self-proclaimed eccentric *lunatics* spice things up with a zany
showcase filled with the astonishing juggling feats, laugh-out-loud
comedy, and wild theatrics that have taken them to Broadway, television,
and the big screen.
What started as a street act in 1970s San Francisco has grown into a
phenomenon that has toured to mass appeal throughout America and Europe.
Members of The Flying Karamazov Brothers don*t actually fly in their
routines, but everything else does * in sweeping, gravity-defying
arcs: swords, apples, torches, fish, windy philosophies, theatrics, and
jokes. *Imagine a quartet of master jugglers, multi-instrument
musicians, circus clowns, improv comics, esoteric satirists, and playful
techno-wizards who tap dance,* said the Los Angeles Times, and it all
becomes *magically indescribable.*
The juggling is *infectious,* hails The New York Times. *The
flurry of pins that somehow never collide becomes more than a display of
hard-earned skill and teamwork. In portraying a communal effort as
sublime play, it evokes the utopian ideal of a group that has achieved a
Known for consistently testing the laws of physics, The Flying
Karamazov Brothers often invites members of the audience to contribute
items for juggling. The group*s die-hard fans have been known to come
prepared with odd items, including a baby carrier, cold cuts, pepperoni
pizzas, and huge blocks of ice. Adept with a wide range of conventional
instruments, The Flying Karamazov Brothers amps up the excitement by
making its own music, using clubs that are adapted as percussion
strikers to allow the troupe to play drums and marimba phones without
breaking juggling patterns.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers* wild and physically demanding antics
won the ensemble a 1981 Obie Award for *Outstanding Achievement in the
Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway Theatre* and a 2004 *Award of
Excellence* from the International Jugglers* Association. The group
has appeared on the television sitcoms Seinfeld and Ellen and in the
film The Jewel of the Nile.
For tickets or more information on The Flying Karamazov Brothers* 4
Play performance at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 or go to