Written by: Mike Dobson and Joel Jeske
Directed by: Mark Lonergan
Starring: Mike Sobson, Danny Gardner, Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth
The boss wants to maintain control; his assistant wants to be the boss; the sales rep wants to win; and the company man wants to avoid conflict. Welcome to the chaotic office of Room 17B, where filing cabinets hold something stranger than paperwork. The ideal show for anyone who feels like they work in a circus.
The Drama Desk nominated comedy troupe Parallel Exit returns to 59E59 Theaters (This Way That Way, Cut to the Chase) with a show that explores the power struggles, rivalries and one-up-manship in the most absurd office in New York City. If Buster Keaton and Monty Python did office work, it would look like Room 17B.
Led by Artistic Director Mark Lonergan since its initial informal launch in 1997 with the production of White/Nose/Jump (“Best in the Fringe Festival — Excellence in Theatre,” New York International Fringe Festival), Parallel Exit engages in extensive artistic programming, artist capacity building, and youth education initiatives, throughout New York City’s five boroughs, across the United States, and in countries around the world.
Parallel Exit creates compelling stories that are family-friendly, cultivating art that speaks to a culturally boundless audience of any age. Productions have received both local and international praise for their inventiveness, energy, and originality, with presentations at such esteemed venues as at The New Victory Theater, The Lincoln Center Institute, 59E59 Theaters, The Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, and PS 122 in New York; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK (winning a Spirit of the Fringe Award); and dance festivals in Poland, Spain, Austria, and Japan. Following an extended 2014—2015 German tour in partnership with GOP Variety Arts Theatre Circuit, Parallel Exit served as the powerhouse behind Big Apple Circus’s critically-acclaimed The Grand Tour (2015) — marking the beginning of a new chapter that radiates with excitement.
Read more at: http://parallelexit.com/
"A hilarious hour of silent clowning, mime, audience-involving comic business, and satiric choreography, the show is less narrative-oriented than the company's previous productions, yet just as smartly conceived and expertly rendered." - Backstage
"What makes the show so much fun is how each member of the troupe so believably creates their character with facial expressions and movement." - Epoch Times
"The whole thing is so charming and mindlessly amusing that it may not be immediately apparent just how much skill is on display. The art here (under Mark Lonergan’s direction) is in leading the audience along at a well-calculated pace. If the theatergoers figure out
what’s going on in any given skit too quickly, the surprise is blown; if they don’t figure it out at all, same result. But lead them gradually toward an unexpected punch line: perfect." - NY Times