Catch the Karamazov’s at PSC

October 31st, 2000 by Adam

Betsy Cheney
October 30, 2000

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Whoever said you can’t have fun and learn something at the same time hasn’t seen the Flying Karamazov Brother’s latest production, L’Universe.
The new show could as well be titled “Physics 101,” as the four performers (who aren’t brothers, aren’t Russian and don’t fly) mix low-tech fun and high-tech cyber antics to show the universe as one large juggling trick.

The Silver Series for the Performing Arts at Plymouth State College presents The Flying Karamazov Brothers’ production of L’Universe at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 12 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
Founding members Paul Magid (Dimitri), and Howard Jay Patterson (Ivan) with newcomers Mark Ettinger (Alexei) and Roderick Kimball (Pavel) have created a show where the jokes fly just as fast as the airborne objects and history, philosophy and a lot of science is prodded and poked fun at.

The troupe began in 1973 and has performed in many venues, from their early days on the streets of San Francisco to more recent appearances on Broadway. They have worked the stages of the most prestigious theaters, toured the U.S., and squeeze movies and television in between. In 1999 they collaborated with the techno-wizards at the M.I.T. Media Lab in Boston to create L’Universe.

Critics agree, however, that raw talent — not just high-tech wizardry — is key to the success of L’Universe, as the Flying Karamazov Brothers “juggle comedy, theater and showmanship as easily as clubs, balls and hoops.” The visually-stunning performance brings comedic shtick, wonderful music and stupefying choreography together in a physics lesson that won’t be easily forgotten.
Tickets are $19-22 ($18-21 for seniors). Call the box office at 603-535-ARTS or 800-779-3869 for tickets and information. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday (10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday). If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please call in advance.
[Note: Interviews are available by prearrangment. Please call Rhonda Sable at
(206) 281-7457 in Seattle.]