It takes ambition as well as wit to name a juggling show “Perfect Catch,” and Michael Karas and Jen Slaw Napolitano are just the duo to pull off this wacky combination of character work and skill. The show has played to rave reviews and many sold-out houses since opening last fall (it has also toured other east coast locations). I saw the show last fall at the Canal Park Playhouse in lower Manhattan, where it returns by popular demand this weekend. Occupy, jugglers!
In the guise of daytime office workers with adjoining cubicles, Karas and Slaw reeled in the giggles from kids as they started the linked antics by throwing wads of newsprint over the wall. This progressed to some cleverly caught (the stage is the size of an office) clubs, original umbrella techniques, face rolls with hoops by Karas and a tricky diabolo solo by Slaw. Karas and Slaw manage to accomplish quite a bit of juggling while never losing sight of their human qualities, and the audience responds with comedic comprehension. Some may even identify (like jugglers and office workers).
This “Throwmanic Comedy” is a perfect catch for Valentine’s Day. PERFECT CATCH performs on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. Performances take place at Canal Park Playhouse (508 Canal Street, between Greenwich and West Streets in Tribeca). The performances are on Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM & 4 PM. The regular ticket price is $20. A Pre Fixe brunch at the Canal Park Playhouse’s Waffle Iron Café is available before or after the show. For tickets or more information, call OvationTix on 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.canalparkplayhouse.com.