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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 11th, 2020

Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition

Another great night of LIVE entertainment online!

Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the lineup of talent.

Curtis Carlyle juggled tin cups and was charming and fun.

Nicole Taylor performed a wonderful and classy hula-hoop act.

Shreeyash Palshikar and Princess Zara performed a wonderful magic act together.

Parallel Exit‘s Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner performed a wonderful comedic verbal duo.

Hovey Burgess talked about the early circus amusement elephant and the Elephant Hotel.

Sabrina Chap played two instruments and sang a lovely ‘original’ circus song.

Rod Raven (Matthew Morgan) and Princess Wendy (Heidi Brucker-Morgan) perform a most unusual act.

Thom Wall juggles with the most unusual objects and does it with class!

Richard Maguire hand balances and eventually removes his pants while upside down.

Pio Carrada performs a beautiful aerial act with multicolored lighting.

The cast takes their online Curtain Call!

Please consider making a donation so the performers can get paid for their work in this show!


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Parallel Exit’s “MOVE IT” Variety Show @ Canal Park Playhouse April 15, 2013

Parallel Exit presented their wonderful variety show “MOVE IT” at the intimate Canal Park Playhouse last night. Hosted by Mark Longergan. Along with the in-house talent they added students from their physical comedy workshop to the lineup.

Here is the list of performers:

 

Joel Jeske

 

Harold Moeller

 

Danny Gardner

 

Mariko Iwasa

 

Miss Saturn

 

Jack O’Somebody (Marina Tsaplina)

Here are some photographs from the evening’s performance.

Joel Jeske performing at Moveit Variety Show

Joel Jeske reads from his index cards all the qualities of his likes and dislikes.

Joel Jeske performing his "Five Waiters" routine.

Joel Jeske performing his “Five Waiters” routine. Here is one of the waiters.

Joel Jeske performing another waiter character.

Joel Jeske performing another waiter character.

Joel Jeske performs a character from his  "Five Waiters" piece.

Joel Jeske performs a character from his  “Five Waiters” piece.

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Harold Moeller gets caught up his his own 'craziness''.

Harold Moeller gets caught up his his own ‘craziness” in his piece “A Little Motivational Speech”.

Harold Moeller tries again to make his speech without much success.

Harold Moeller tries again to make his speech without much success.

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Danny Gardner performs in a silent piece  "The Rental Car".

Danny Gardner performs in a silent piece  “The Rental Car”.

Danny Gardner has some unexpected surprises in his 'Rental Car'.

Danny Gardner has some unexpected surprises in his ‘Rental Car’.

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Mariko Iwasa performing in "An Adventure on the Train".

Mariko Iwasa performing in “An Adventure on the Train”.

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Joel Jeske performing in his piece "Five Doctors Reacting".

Joel Jeske performing in his piece “Five Doctors Reacting”.Another Doctors reaction to the Xray.

Another Doctors reaction to the X-Ray.

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Miss Saturn finds an audience member to assist in her act.

Miss Saturn recruits Chuck (audience member) to assist in her act.

Miss Saturn hula hoops so brilliantly!

Miss Saturn hula hoops so brilliantly!

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Jack O'Somebody performs "Hunting for The Wild Things".

Jack O’Somebody performs “Hunting for The Wild Things”.

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Danny Gardner performs "Man and Machine".

Danny Gardner performs “Man and Machine”. A dance piece with a machine’s help.

Danny Gardner performing in his piece "Man and Machine".

Danny Gardner performing in his piece “Man and Machine”. Not getting along too well with the machine now.

Danny Gardner performing in his piece "Man and Machine".

Danny Gardner performing in his piece “Man and Machine”.

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Joel Jeske performing 'My Coat is Full of Balloons'.

Joel Jeske performing ‘My Coat is Full of Balloons’.

Joel Jeske closes out the show with "The Patient Yet Vindictive Exterminator'.

Joel Jeske closes out the show with “The Patient Yet Vindictive Exterminator’.

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For more information on Parallel Exit go here~

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“MOVE IT” Variety Show – May 9th, 2011

Mark Lonergan knows how to make great shows! His last production was a terrific hit. ROOM 17B.

His company PARALLEL EXIT has been making great shows for quite a few years now. So it is no surprise that when he puts together a variety show it is wonderful!

Tonight’s show wasn’t any exception.

Mark Lonergan introduces the first act of the evening.

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ERIC WRIGHT and KATRINA DENNY

A puppet performance with different disciplines used.

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COMPANY SoGoNo

Choreography by Tanya Calamoneri

A humorous dance piece about birds.

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Carol Sirugo with Jonathan Kaplan

A very funny dance piece about relationships!

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Honey Goodenough

A precious teddy bear and his coming of age outside the box.

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KEVIN C. CARR

A clown and his relationships. Wonderful physical humor.

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PARALLEL EXIT – DAPPER TAP TRIO

Derek Roland – Brent McBeth – Danny Gardner

Talented tap dancers and physical comedians as well!

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MICHAEL KARAS

Michael Karas has amazing juggling skills and comedic timing to go along with it.

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HONEY GOODENOUGH and MARTA MOZELLE MACROSTIE

A fun collaboration involving plastic manipulated objects, food products and a human being.

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PARALLEL EXIT NEEDS YOUR HELP!

The funding for Parallel Exit’s theatre performances has been cut drastically.

Help them out with any donation you can give. Click here.

Mark Longergan is tipping the hat for your helpful donation.

He deserves whatever you can give. A wonderful presenter of great variety.

Make sure you see one of Parallel Exit’s next shows!

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COPYRIGHT © 2011 Jim Moore

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Parallel Exit’s ROOM 17B – 59e59 Theatre

Photographing the ingenious comedy (which is the creation of Joel Jeske and Mike Dobson) of ROOM 17B was so much fun. A series of surreal, comedic, absurd vignettes. I had a chance to ask the Director Mark Lonergan about his inspiration for creating the show and  the process.

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“The inspiration for ROOM 17B goes back to a show we did at 59E59 Theaters in 2007 called CUT TO THE CHASE.  One of the reviews for the show challenged us to take some daring leaps and explore new avenues with our work.  With that gauntlet thrown down, we began discussing how to inject contemporary material into a vaudevillian format – purposely pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone.”

(left to right) Mike Dobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske, Brent McBeth

Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske, the authors of the show, began developing some ideas that we explored over a weekend at the Kraine Theater in 2009.  At the heart of these ideas was a group of businessmen putting on a bizarre and interactive presentation.  As we continued to work on the material, our set and lighting designer Maruti Evans ran with the business presentation idea and came up with the perfect setting for the show – a surreal office of floor-to-ceiling filing cabinets.”

Danny Gardner and Joel Jeske

“With Maruti’s design in place, the concept evolved into what we have today – a long-forgotten room in a huge office building in which all the props and costumes appear from the file drawers.  The result is a cross between Buster Keaton, Monty Python, and Tim & Eric – surreal, funny, physical, and modern – and hopefully, a great night of theatre.”

Joel Jeske and Danny Gardner in a surreal office moment.

Brent McBeth taking a seriously uneasy note.

Joel Jeske in absurdly wild pose while being introduced.

I recommend this show to anyone who wants to laugh and  be entertained by 4 wonderfully hysterical performers.

Written by Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske .

Directed by Mark Lonergan.

Original Music by Mike Dobosn

Choreography by Danny Gardner and Brent McBeth.

Set and Lighting by Maruti Evans

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Get more information and tickets here.