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Three Wise Guys

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Dated

About the show

Based on two Damon Runyon stories, TACT's world premiere comedy centers around three New York guys who find themselves on Christmas Eve 1932 in Good Time Charley’s speakeasy on West 46th Street. More…

As the bootleg liquor flows, the guys agree to band together and take to the road to avoid all the hubbub of the holiday. Besides, notorious racketeer Heine Schmitz is after them, and they have to get out of town. Over one long life-changing night, they make some big decisions while inadvertently spreading good cheer around and about to one and all.


Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Dated
72
Avg Score

75
Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Quirky

See it if you like to remember the days of yore and the comedy of those times.. Not quite Guys and Doll but some nice moments.A nice farewell for TACT

Don't see it if you are unhappy with a minimal set and dialogue ala Damon Runyon speech and a story that just ????

66
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Clever, Amusing

See it if Despite valiant efforts of talented cast, these wise guys remain pretty pedestrian Plumpis' Capone-sque kingpin amuses the most

Don't see it if Uneven adapt of Runyon stories carries most of the blame; lacks the breezy panache necessary to pull off send-up Ditto lackluster direction

72
Ambitious, Interesting, Serious, Cliched, Atmospheric

See it if to see the final show of the closing TACT Theater, fan of Damon Runyon stories & '30's New York atmosphere, see new adaptation of 2 stories

Don't see it if you expect a laugh out loud who, if you don't enjoy ponderous but amusing work, not a fan of TACT

Also I wish TACT had gone out with more of an impressive, memorable final s... Read more Read less

72
Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy funny and engaging plays of the old days and about the times of prohibition.

Don't see it if you prefer big productions or are not interested in period pieces.

69
Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

See it if Interesting take on the Three Wise Men Xmas story. Good ensemble acting.

Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer musicals or a large cast well written in-depth story.

71
Ambitious, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You like Runyon characters. A fun play. TACT always has good sets, good production values and good acting.

Don't see it if You want depth. Some of the coincidences and twists and turns seem a bit forced.

Also Sadly this is TACT's final play.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Clever

See it if you are interested in a show that has plucked characters from guys and dolls but even more humorously. Luck be a lady tonight! Cute and fun.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or lavish productions.

75
Corny, silly, Quirky, Fun

See it if you want to see a slight comedy based on Runyon stories about 3 guys out to make it big during Xmas eve & all the nutty situations they have

Don't see it if you don't enjoy silly situation comedies that stretch your imagination with scenes that come across as slapstick.

70
Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, Quirky, Funny

See it if You like quirky, shtick, funny show, reminiscent of 39 Steps of a bygone era. You like to root for the under dog.

Don't see it if You expect a TONY award winning show, don't like shtick, funny shows. Don't like shows like 39 Steps.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you want a light, funny show. The cast was talented and the 40’s theme was charming and very amusing.

Don't see it if You are not into old fashioned shows

74
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Quirky

See it if you want to see something different which has much to commend it. Interesting story, dialogue, and plot, which all comes together in the end

Don't see it if you don't like something a bit old-fashioned, with stock characters and situations. Some folks might not be engaged by this and be bored.

75
Dated

See it if The Prohibition Era with good performances and clever staging by a fine, small theater company. Petty larceny at its most charming.

Don't see it if A less than relevant subject, long forgotten, which is far more engaging in the musical Guys and Dolls.

65
Dated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're a Runyon fan and enjoy his work.

Don't see it if you don't like dated, clichéd material. Sorry, this was just not my "thing".

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like GUYS AND DOLLS and want to see another theatrical take on Damon Runyon's quirky stories.

Don't see it if You want something meaty or hate period pieces. Or hate GUYS AND DOLLS!

Also I found this charming from beginning to end. But if you are unfamiliar... Read more Read less

55
Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if You like Damon Runyon-esque characters and stories that come off a bit campy.

Don't see it if You don’t care for Damon Runyon charicatures and over acting in a dated plot line.

70
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you like fun, complicated, and ridiculous scenarios with exquisite shadow-puppetry.

Don't see it if you are looking for deep, thought-provoking theater.

80
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like a light comedy mystery with a feel good story.

Don't see it if You dont care for small cast productions or prefer a more serious play.

52
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like old timely theater. A bit vaudville a bit old gangster movie spoof.

Don't see it if You want to see anything groundbreaking.

79
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Have appreciation for slapstick, unconventional humor and simple yet progressive story lines.

Don't see it if You cannot see past what's in front of you or have no imagination

100
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love comedy, great acting, delightful storytelling! Its a joy!

Don't see it if You should see it!

During previews
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Three great actors on stage at once. Not my favorite Edward Albee play but it is a good story with very good directing.

Don't see it if If you don't like Edward Albee as his writing is an acquired taste. Like it with Marion Seldes back in the day, better.

During previews
73
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Dated

See it if you like Damon Runyon comedy. I thought it was funny and the staging was great. It was cast well.

Don't see it if you don't like Damon Runyon comedy. The style of the dialogue is dated.

Also I thought this play would have been better shown during the Christmas ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Cute

See it if You love Damon Runyon

Don't see it if You want good sharp comedy.

During previews
76
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You would like a throwback Damon Runyon door-slammer with an engaging cast and shadow puppets with twists and turns.

Don't see it if You want serious fare

During previews
72
Amusing period piece, Clunky adaptation, Runyonland types acted with zest

See it if you like Runyon's stylized gangster patois and the guys and dolls who speak it with relish; you're a fan of TACT's acting company

Don't see it if you expect Runyon's stories reinvented for the stage: the 2 stories are mashed up with seams showing and few concessions to stage convention

Also Sad to say, this production marks the TACT company's swan song: they a... Read more Read less


March 13th, 2018
"This production mostly demonstrates how difficult it is to bring Runyon to life...Runyon was not so much about plot as he was about character and color...Lacks the relish Runyon brought to his larger-than-life creations...The pace lags and the actors never find that sweet spot between arch forma...
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March 12th, 2018
"The play is as much an elegy for a bygone era as it is for an off-Broadway company on its way out, fully exemplifying the organization's modest successes even if it doesn't always work...Evans, who directs, and Couchman take certain liberties, particularly in the play's entirely invented middle ...
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March 12th, 2018
"'Three Wise Guys' has the look and feel of a synthetic: It apes the manner of a classic screwball farce without delivering the laughs...The story is also poorly constructed, requiring the action to stop repeatedly for flashbacks -- making use of projections and shadow puppets -- to fill us in on...
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March 12th, 2018
"Clocking in at a breezy 85 minutes, 'Three Wise Guys' doesn't come close to overstaying its welcome. But there is a sense that Evans and Couchman want to send us to the exits before we've had time to think about the plot holes they couldn't quite fill after mashing together the two Runyon storie...
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