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ROOM 17B OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: January 13, 2011
Synopsis: It's like your job...but weirder. Brand new comedy from Parallel Exit. Celebrating the silent physical style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton with a dash of Monty Python and Tim & Eric. 9 to 5 will never be the same!
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"It’s tempting to say that Room 17B is like a lot of offices in Manhattan, especially the ones in the financial district: whatever work is being done in there is mysterious and produces no tangible product or benefit. But that’s only partly true. While it’s not clear what line of work the four inhabitants of Room 17B are in, they do generate something of value: laughter."
"The art of physical comedy, which was a mainstay of vaudeville and silent film comedy, has become so rarely seen in modern entertainment that to witness it, live, in a theater today is as sweetly nostalgic as it is wonderfully refreshing. Which brings us to the happy shenanigans that take place in the Parallel Exit Company's production of Room 17B, at 59E59 Theaters. A highly accomplished cast of four actors, all of whom have had a hand in one aspect or another of the show's creation, put on a delightful series of skits, blackouts, gags, and pranks in a charming 65 minutes of pure fun. "
"Funny for funny's sake can be a fine thing. Even if a show does not cohere dramatically and you are not sure what it all really means, if it can make you giggle and guffaw continuously for 65 minutes at unpredictably strange antics that feel somehow relevant to your everyday life, then it is an undeniably worthy affair. And that's exactly what the ace physical-comedy troupe Parallel Exit's ""Room 17B"" does and is."
"There is no curtain (no proscenium, for that matter) in Theatre C at 59E59; and so while we wait for Room 17B to commence, we can amuse ourselves by looking carefully at the set (which is designed by Maruti Evans). It depicts an office, but a very off-kilter one. All three walls are covered in file cabinet drawers, stacked 12 high (if I counted accurately). Each wall also contains a door, and each door is labeled "17B." The only furniture, if you can call it that, is a xylophone with a small table alongside it; there's also a gong hanging nearby. Not a very conventional office, this."
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