Big Apple Circus

Parallel Exit’s artistic visionaries Mark Lonergan and Joel Jeske are the minds behind the 2015-2016 Big Apple Circus production The Grand Tour — a circus extravaganza set in the 1920s and featuring acts from the four corners of the globe. In this New York Times Critics’ Pick, ships, trains, automobiles, and airplanes serve as the backdrop for breathtaking acts of wonder, including clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

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Everybody Gets Cake!

Everybody Gets Cake! takes a Python-esque turn, featuring surreal sketches with innovative comedic influences from several different decades. From the silent film era to the talkies to Adult Swim, iconic comedy styles collide in this outrageously funny show. And, for something completely different, indeed everybody gets cake!


I Love Bob

Inspired by the films City Lights and An American In Paris, I Love Bob tells the story of Bob, everyone’s favorite deliveryman, through dance, tap, and physical comedy. Bob’s a superhero. Well, in his mind. There’s just one problem. He’s a disaster. I Love Bob explores what happens when he finds true love, crashes the stock market, gets a makeover for life, and somehow rescues the Statue of Liberty. You’ll love Bob, too.


Room 17B

It’s like your job…but weirder. Room 17B is a comedy that celebrates the silent physical style of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton with a dash of Monty Python and Tim & Eric. The typical 9 to 5 is turned on its head in this fusion of physical comedy, dance, live music, and audience participation.


Exit Stage Left

Exit Stage Left is a rollicking speed-of-light comedy. Harkening back to the days of vaudeville, it packs more entertainment in a single show than a three-ring circus, presenting a wide range of old-fashioned family entertainment, from tap dance to live music to slapstick comedy.


Time Step

Time Step fuses the tap stylings of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly with the comedy of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to tell the tale of three hilarious hoofers. Through tap dance, they evoke the world of classic movie musicals with a story that shuffles between past and present.


Cut to the Chase

Cut to the Chase is a family vaudeville revue that follows the backstage antics of a lovable troupe of performers putting on a show. The archetypal haughty diva, deadpan drummer, and perky juvenile are all present, singing, tap-dancing, and, yes, chasing their way into the hearts of audiences.



Set to the swinging, sophisticated melodies of composer Raymond Scott, Powerhouse is a valentine in music, movement, and dance to youthful idealism. Part classical ballet, part jazz dance, and part vaudeville, it tells a story of finding of self worth and romance against the backdrop of the Big Apple.


This Way That Way

This Way That Way is inspired by the great comic duos of the 20th century. It features two con men on a cross-country trip, on which they meet various characters and escape from a variety of predicaments while performing such feats as magic, tap dancing, spinning plates, and juggling.