US Triple Espresso Parody Premieres at Arts, 21 JanDate: 17 December 2002
The long-running American comedy Triple Espresso will receive its UK premiere at the West End's Arts Theatre next month. The three-hander opens on 21 January 2003, following previews from 14 January.
Billed as a "highly caffeinated comedy", Triple Espresso features original songs, parody send-ups, and vaudeville-style ensemble comedy. This three-man play celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the fictional trio's ill-fated Big Break and showcases the talents of gifted performers in the roles of Hugh Butternut, a dynamic musician; Buzz Maxwell, a weary magician; and Bobby Bean, a hapless comic.
First seen in Minneapolis in 1996, Triple Espresso came about when three solo performers who admired each other's work - Bill Arnold, Michael Pearce Donley and Bob Stromberg - got together and decided to write something they could perform as a trio. A second production opened in San Diego in 1997, where it's become the city's longest running stage show.
Since then, the comedy has played cities across America and, this past October, received its Irish premiere at Dublin's Andrew's Lane Theatre with authors and original stars Donley, Arnold and Stromberg reprising their roles as Butternut, Maxwell and Bean, respectively.
Currently dark, the Arts Theatre's last production, the Irish transfer of Eugene O'Neill's Eden, closed this past weekend, 14 December 2002.
- by Terri Paddock