Now that New Yorkers have witnessed the comings and goings of theatre troupes The Tokyo Shock Boys and The New Bozena, it's time for three guys doing acrobatic comedy to catch on Off-Broadway.
That's the hope for the Spanish trio, Tricicle [sic], starring Joan Gracia, Paco Mir and Carles Sans. Their latest show, three-for-all, is now in previews at the Union Square Theatre and opens Oct. 13.
Produced by Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel and Marc Routh (with Alan J. Schuster & Mitchell Maxwell) the show is said to draw inspiration from Chaplin, Tati and the Marx Brothers. As with The New Bozena, the Tricicle Trio play bachelors sharing an apartment and pursuing their dreams (including the Tour-de-France bicycle race).
Since the troupe's 1979 start-up in Barcelona with Manicomic, which toured Italy, France and Portugal, they've offered such works as Exit, Slastic and Terrrific [sic]. In 1992 at Barcelona, they became the first comedy team to take part in an Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Designing three-for-all will be Dino Ibanez & Joan Jorba (sets), and Pepi Aubia (costumes). Jorba will also provide the lighting design. Original music for the show is by Josep Pons and Josep Bardagi. For tickets ($35-$5) and information on three-for-all at the Union Square Theatre, call (212) 505-0700.
--By David Lefkowitz