Espresso Posts Closing Notices for This SaturdayDate: 11 March 2003
The "highly caffeinated" American comedy Triple Espresso has posted early closing notices at the West End's Arts Theatre. The three-hander opened on 21 January 2003 (previews from 14 January) and had been booking up to 5 April. It will now close this Saturday, 15 March, three weeks earlier than planned.
A long-running hit in the US, Triple Espresso features original songs, parody send-ups and vaudeville-style ensemble comedy. Fashioned around the 25-year anniversary of a fictional trio's ill-fated Big Break, it showcases the talents 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 real-life 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, who subsequently reprised their roles as, respectively, Butternut, Maxwell and Bean in the West End.
No further productions have yet been announced for the Arts Theatre.
- by Terri Paddock