the authors — Donley's original
music, Stromberg's humor and
Arnold's magic — the demand for the
theater piece led to the opening of
Triple Espresso School, where they
have taught the roles to more than 20
actors who can take the show on tour.
Triple Espresso has had 4,800 per-
formances and sold more than 1 mil-
lion tickets since its inception.
here is no Jewish content in
Triple Espresso, a high energy
comedy featuring original
songs and parody sendups, but there
are some new spins on vaudeville-style
ensemble comedy, which gave many
Jewish humorists successful touring
The show -- starring creators
— Suzanne Chessler
Michael Pearce Donley, Bob
tromberg and Bill Arnold --- begins
Triple Espresso starts Wednesday,
Wednesday Sept. 10, for an open-
Sept. 10, for an open-ended run
ended run at Detroit's Gem Theatre.
at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.
The three-character play, which was
Starting times are 8 p.m.
written in 1995 and has been per-
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m.
ormed across the country and in
Thursdays and Saturdays, and
ngland and Ireland, follows the
3 and 7 p.m. Sundays.
tics of musician Hugh Butternut,
$32.50-$37.50. (313) 963-9800.
magician Buzz Maxwell and comic
Bobby Bean as they celebrate the 25-
year anniversary of their
11-fated big break into
how business. The pro-
duction's coffeehouse set-
sing allows for light audi-
"The show is universal,"
says executive producer
Dennis Babcock. "It
appeals to people of all
,ages, and it's so much fun
people come back again
Although the original
,production was meant to
s howcase the specialties of The cast of "Triple Espresso"
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JEWS IN THE NEWS
avid Blaine, who is rapidly
edging out his landsman
David Copperfield as the most
famous magician on the planet, will
begin a truly challenging endurance
test today in London.
He will spend 44 days in a Plexiglas
box, 7 feet long by 7 feet tall by 3 feet
wide, suspended over the Thames
River. All he will have is a set of clothes
and a blanket; he'll receive no food,
only pure water via a feeding tube.
Experts say this is close to the limit a
human can survive on water alone.
The event will be televised on
British TV and, no doubt, highlights
will be shown here, too. A film is also
Blaine, 30, is the son of a Russian
Jewish mother and a Puerto
Rican/Italian non-Jewish father. His
parents split up when he was very
young, and he was raised by his mother.
David's clever "street
magician" style made
him a celebrity when
he was still a teen.
Sadly, his beloved
mother died in
1992, not long after
Blaine had his first
flush of success.
Blaine identifies as
In a box.
Jewish and his hero
is the late Harry
Houdini, who, like David, moved from
magical tricks to death defying events.
The New York Times reports that
Blaine has several copies of Primo
Levi's Survival in Auschwitz in his
apartment; perhaps the book will have
provided some insight on how to
endure these 44 days.
This is not Blaine's first endurance
test: he has stood on a pillar in New
York City for 35 hours and has sur-
vived in a block of ice for 65 hours.
— Nate Bloom, editor, Jewhoo.com
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