Written by Bob Stromberg, Michael Pearce Donley, and Bill Arnold, the show described by the Los Angeles Times as “…a triple jolt of inspired craziness” is high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy for all ages. It tells the rags-to-rags story of an aspiring trio whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4 minutes of magnificent failure on national television.
Based on Stromberg’s physical humor, Arnold’s comedy magic and Donley’s original music and parodies, it’s a theater experience unlike any other often leaving members of the audience crying—and shrieking—with laughter.
The play was initially written to complement the specialized skills of the authors; but it soon became clear that there was demand for multiple productions. Over thirty actors have been trained for the company and the show has had as many as six productions running simultaneously. Triple Espresso has carved out a distinctive niche in the entertainment spectrum: its irresistible, clean humor crosses generations, and it’s as funny the fifth time as the first.
The show has entertained over 2 million people in 60 cities in 6 countries. Its flagship production ran continuously in Minneapolis for 12 years and now returns each year for the holidays. A production in San Diego ran for 11 years. The show has also played such U.S. cities as Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver, Cleveland, St. Louis, Tulsa, Phoenix and many others, with foreign productions in Dublin, London, Ghent, Munich and Berlin.
Longest running show at Music Box Theatre, 12 years
Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble
San Diego, CA
Longest continuously running show, 11 years
Set Capital Repertory Theatre’s 21-year Box Office record, becoming the highest grossing regular season play
Highest grossing single week for 475 seat Vogel Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Des Moines, IA
Longest running show in the history of Iowa
Longest running show at Andrews Lane Theatre
AWARDED CRITIC’S CHOICE/
BEST BET BY:
Sunday Times—London, England
Minneapolis Star Tribune— Minneapolis, MN
Los Angeles Times—Los Angeles, CA
San Diego Union Tribune—San Diego, CA
Chicago Sun Times—Chicago, IL
Seattle Post-Intelligencer—Seattle, WA
Providence Journal—Providence, RI
Springfield Union News—Springfield, MA
Albany Times Union—Albany, NY
The Daily Gazette— Schenectady, NY
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel—Milwaukee, WI
The Oregonian—Portland, OR
The Des Moines Register—Des Moines, IA
and many others.