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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)


Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Dated

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

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.

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".

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.

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.

During previews

See it if You love Damon Runyon

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

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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