The Passing Zone

Juggling, like film stunts and fifth-grade homework, should be left to the professionals — and that means Jon Wee and Owen Morse, who have perfected the art of tossing and catching a variety of sometimes flaming or incredibly sharp objects over the past two decades or so. The two, who sometimes stand on each other’s shoulders while they juggle things that have been set on fire, present their newest program, The Passing Zone. Their act has landed them on The Tonight Show, Hell’s Kitchen and America’s Got Talent — but even with their ever-increasing fame, the duo manages not to take themselves — or those flying projectiles — too seriously. We’re guessing the seriously gut-busting comedy routine they throw in for good measure helps.

That’s right, Wee and Morse manage to juggle not only those air-bound objects but jokes, too. The duo, presented here by the Society for the Performing Arts, incorporates their comedic chops in their live show, which plays right along with the juggling. Hurling things above your head while remembering to be funny isn’t a feat mastered all that easily, and yet Wee and Morse manage to do so while remaining every bit a class act.

Audiences vacillate from being awestruck to laughing uncontrollably as the two pull off stunts that should hardly be possible mid-stand-up routine. The Passing Zone is a little bit of comedy, a little bit of theater, and a whole lot of impressive as Wee and Morse shatter every expectation you’ve ever had about the world of juggling.

7 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713‑227‑4772 or visit spahouston.org. $21 to $55.
Fri., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Angelica Leicht
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