International Men of Hilarity, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, bring 4PLAY to San Jose!

A titillating blend of music, comedy, dance, theater and juggling

SAN JOSE, Ca. (April 19, 2010) San Jose Repertory Theatre is thrilled to add The Flying Karamazov Brothers to the 30th Anniversary Season! The Flying Karamazov Brothers are best known for bringing together the worlds of performance art, improvisation, word play, harmony and emotion for a stupendously entertaining evening! The Brothers bring their latest creation, 4PLAY, a ground-breaking blend of nouveau cirque, comedy, theatre, music and, of course, juggling to San Jose. This exuberant and hilarious off-Broadway rave is full of fast-paced virtuosity and fun as the four brothers, master practitioners of cheap theatrics, juggle `til they drop. This limited engagement will run from November 10 to November 14, 2010.

"It's such a joy to be able to bring the antics of The Flying Karamazov Brothers to our audience, and back to the Bay Area where they started. I know the four brothers have many fans in this region that haven't been able to see them do one of their full shows for a few years now," says Artistic Director Rick Lombardo. "I saw 4PLAY recently off-Broadway and it was a dizzying and delightful evening of comedy, music, and world class juggling. I hope fans will bring the hardest things imaginable for Dimitri to juggle during the challenge portion - although, I think chain saws are off-limits!"

Welcome to the zany world of The Flying Karamazov Brothers, where the daring and goofy take center stage. In this spectacular display of versatility and agility, the four brothers use objects, musical instruments (traditional and invented) and their own bodies to create a performance that is fresh and compelling. Innovative and unique, they display their juggling prowess in such show stopping numbers as "The Gambler." In this daring act, the Karamozov champion (Dimitri) will juggle three items presented to him by audience members. If the champion succeeds he gets a standing ovation. If he fails, he gets a pie in the face! The Brothers mix visual fireworks, visceral physicality and theatrical innovation to create a post-modern sensibility where anything is possible.

The critics cheer The Flying Karamazov Brothers screwball antics! "4PLAY, is as close to a sure thing as can be found onstage, 100 minutes of cleverness and comedy . part Marx Brothers, part Monty Python," exclaims the New York Times. "Whether they're tossing around tenpins or balls, they do it with such power, skill and grace that it takes on its own rhythmic elegance and beauty," claims the New York Daily News.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers were conceived in the fall of 1972 and born April 23, 1973 at a Renaissance Faire in California. They went on to perform in theaters around the world, including the West End in London. The Brothers won an Obie award in 1980 and appeared in the film The Jewel of the Nile, the sequel to Romancing the Stone. They also appeared as the Flying Sandos Brothers in an episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Friars Club." Over the years, they have shared the stage and screen with many entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Placido Domingo, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Dolly Parton, Robin Williams, Patrick Dempsey, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Kenny Rogers, Los Lobos, The Smothers Brothers, Click and Clack the Tappett Brothers, Joyce Brothers and many, many, more.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers complete a remarkable 30th Anniversary Season, which includes a World Premiere, West Coast Premieres and Regional Premieres. This season San Jose Rep introduces the creation of a Theatre Lover Package, which includes all six mainstage productions and the limited engagement of 4PLAY. This new package is ideal for the culturally promiscuous who don't want to miss out on any of the season's sensational offerings that include the World Premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's sophisticated, romantic comedy, Love in American Times, and Ronald Harwood's The Dresser, a love letter to theatre. The season also includes two additional West Coast Premieres: Frank Higgins' moving and melodic drama, Black Pearl Sings and Karen Zacarias' critically acclaimed, comic drama Legacy of Light and the Regional Premieres of Robert Clyman's biomedical thriller, Secret Order and Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern's enchanting new musical, Backwards In High Heels: The Ginger Musical.

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