The Michigan Daily
. Friday, October 26, 1984
throw things, catch them
By Dennis Harvey
The Flying Karamazov Brothers ap-
peared Wednesday night at the Power
Center. The Brothers are five
dubiously blood-related Caucasian
males with mustaches and two beards.
Primarily, they juggled. They also...
Well. The Flying. Karamazov
Brothers employed elements of the
following things in their program: 1.)
art history (references to the influence
of Pablo Picasso on modern juggling);
2.) cool jazz; 3.) Prokofiev's "tortured
tale of duck lust" Peter and the Wolf, as
filtered through a certain Russian
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mine, Dmitry?"); 6.) juggling musical
theory; 7.) "the ancient art of folding
the spoken word, oralgami;" 8. grace
under pressure when disaster struck
("Oh, it FELL DOWN! FELL
DOWN!"); 9.) clown pants; 10.)
gravity; 11.) step-by-step instruction
in Zen juggling mysticism; 12.) barber-
shop quarteting; 13.) good puns; 14.)
bad puns; 15.) condescention ("We're
not going too fast for you liberal arts
folks, eh?"); 16.) pandering (they said
'Wolverine' once); 17.)kindness (they
didn't do nearly as much to the people
sitting in the front row as they
threatened; 18.) plus.
They also attempted at one point to
juggle a pitcher of water, a Slinkee, and
a large pumpkin. This particular
situation resulted in failure-one of the
few things until then lacking (along
with the proverbial kitchen sink) from
the FKB's performance.
Mostly they just threw things in the
air and caught them, then threw them
again and caught them again,
then.. . Well, I could go on. In fact, the
one thing the Karamazovs did not do
even once was anything much like
Dostoyevsky. They did not commit
parricide on stage; they had no trial or
orgy scenes with hysterics and
monologues. There goes my English 433
credit. Now I'll have to read the Cliff's
That flaw aside, the FKB's were pret-
ty OK bordering on astonishing. I know
some people who juggle, but admittedly
relatively few of my friends can play
"Chopsticks" by juggling mallets
against xylephones, and even fewer can
be caught making dedications - "That
was for Elvis! "-in the midst of tossing
pins about. Classical mythology was
not evoked, but otherwise the
Karamazovshave culture of the last
two thousand or so years fairly well
Indeed, by the end of the 2nd act, one
begins to experience tremors of
anxiety that, if not soon halted, these
hippie freaks (pony tails in 1984! my
god!) may soon be taking over the
world-competently enough, no doubt,
but think about the visual consequen-
ces! Concert violinists eliciting inter-
mittent squeaks of sound, between the
sailings of bows in the air?!
Housewives stretching three-minute
eggs into an all-day affair by being
reluctant to stop the palm-to-space-to-
air rotation of eggs bought innocently
at Kroger's!? Albums scratched to
death by the figernails of practicing
adolescents?! There is a real-dare I
say Communist-danger lying in wait
The Flying Karamazov Brothers of-
fer, in their own words, "sex and.
violence without the sex"-perfect en-
tertainment, in other words, for
The FKB's practiced one-liners are
as flat as the paper you're reading this
on (though, to their credit, they readily
admit it), but their improvised com-
ments are just as often sublime. FKB
is an equal-opportunity outfit, no par-
ticular troupe member given more at-
tention than another: a.) It must
be admitted that I especially liked
Alyosha, a.k.a. Randy Nelson, who had
a frizzy blond personality to go with his
ditto hair; and b.) the mini-orchestra,
which provided bemused musical
commentary during the performance The Flying Karamazov Brothers 1
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