Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy

Perfect Catch

Jen Slaw and Michael Karas

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

Cindy Marvell

Cindy Marvell began making her mark on New York ceilings at age twelve and has been juggling professionally since graduating from Oberlin College in 1988. The following year she became the first woman ever to win the International Jugglers' Association Championships. She has toured as a cast member with the Off Broadway show Lazer Vaudeville since 1994 including shows in Singapore, England, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Alaska, and North America. Her solo work has taken her to Europe, Japan, and ex-Soviet Georgia. In the early 90s she joined San Francisco's Pickle Family Circus with director Larry Pisoni, performing at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Guthrie Theater, and Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park. She studied dance at the Limon Institute and the Isadora Duncan Foundation, performing with Howard Fireheart's dance theater company in the East Village. New York shows include Bouncing Back at the Dance Theater Workshop, Ladyfingers at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Young People's Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, Sesame Street and the N.Y. Renaissance Festival. She has won two Groundhog Awards (the first solo woman) and a team silver medal at the IJA with the trio Darn, Good and Funny. She is co-founder of the Boulder Circus Center and has also taught at the Big Apple Circus School. DVDs include A Juggling Journey (I & II), Trailblazers: Women Who Juggle, Lazer Vaudeville Off Broadway, and Juggling for Japan (available on to benefit earthquake response). She has written a young adult novel, "Shadow Princess: An Indonesian Story" with co-author and puppeteer Tamara Fielding. The book, a performance adventure story, is available on and the Barnes & Noble website. Last August, she performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland with Freedom Family Circus and was featured in David Michelak's Slow Dance. She has a son, Theo, with hoop juggler Carter Brown.

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