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Center for the Arts Presents Flying Karamazov Brothers

Flying Karamazov Brothers

The internationally acclaimed Flying Karamazov Brothers will bring their vaudevillian comedy and juggling act to Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 19. 

Expect the unexpected with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, described as "multi-faceted new-vaudevillians at the apex of their ambidextrous and alliterative ability." The self-proclaimed eccentric lunatics will spice things up with a zany showcase filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, wild theatrics, and astonishing juggling feats. Formed at UC Santa Cruz in 1973, the Flying Karamazov Brothers have been seen around the world, on Broadway, on television, and on the big screen.

They are not, however, your father's wild-haired, flame-throwing, juggling, kilt-and-tutu-wearing performers. They are beloved by adults, students, students who watch Glee, tourists, theatregoers, theatre-avoiders, pseudo-intellectuals, Abe Vigoda, friendless geeks, hedge fund managers, hedge fund managers who are now Duane Reade assistant managers, kids (but only gifted ones with a solid background in the classics), disgraced religious leaders, Kardashians, and politicians. Pardoned? Incarcerated? They don't discriminate.

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. It is a level of excellence that propelled Jerry Seinfeld to laud in Season 7, Episode 18, of Seinfeld: "What kind of show is this? They take your jacket and just throw it?" Amazing.

Tickets, priced at $40, $36, and $25 for adults, $20 for youth 17 and under, and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522. Tickets are also available on the Center for the Arts website.

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