Blue Man Group may have paved the way, but since then, New York has not been kind to three-man, avant-garde comedy troupes playing Off-Broadway. Both The Tokyo Shock Boys and The New Bozena had brief, commercially unsuccessful runs last season. The latest casualty is Three-For-All, performed by "Tricicle" [sic], a Spanish trio whose acrobatic, split-second sight gags recall both New Bozena and the now legendary Fool Moon.
Tricicle, which features Joan Gracia, Paco Mir and Carles Sans, opened at the Union Square Theatre Oct. 13 and will close at the end of the week, Oct. 19. The show will have played 22 previews and 7 regular performances.
Produced by Steven Baruch, Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel and Marc Routh (with Alan J. Schuster & Mitchell Maxwell) three-for-all "draws 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 and information on three-for-all at the Union Square Theatre, call (212) 505-0700.
--By David Lefkowitz