As actors, the Wise Guys read from work that address issues of life in The Third Act. Bob reads the role of the Dutch orchestra maestro Mengelburg from Danny Klein’s play, Mengelburg and Mahler; Sam performs a speech from I’m Not Rappaport , by Herb Gardner; and Matt reads a poem by Buff Whitman-Bradley called “Third Cousins,” that speaks […]
Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 8: Season Finale — Great Performances
The guys share memories and conjectures about their fathers. Plus an hilariously adolescent recounting of boyhood relationships with stuffed animals.
Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 7 “Fathers and Sons”
The Wise Guys cover a lot of territory. Like what they can do better now than when they were younger. How letting yourself off the hook comes a little more easily these days. And wondering, “what’s next?” Tune in. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.
Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 6 “Moving Ahead”
The future. Self-striving. Accepting the confines imposed by the realities of aging –these are the subjects that dominate the conversation of this great episode. As you expect, nothing escapes the wit of the Wise Guys. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.
Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 5 “What’s Left?”
The wise guys talk about profound loss, memories of major events and people from their younger lives. As always, someone cracks wise and gets the whole bunch laughing and feeling lighter. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.
Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 4 “Tales of the Third Act”
In Episode 3, the Five Wise Guys explore what “the future” means at their age. Which, ultimately, leads to further digging into the notion of mortality. Laughs abound as The Five Wise Guys figure out how to manage what’s coming their way. Meet the Five Wise Guys and hear what they’ve got on their minds — actors, […]
Read More FIVE WISE GUYS: Episode 3
In Episode 2, the Five Wise Guys delve deep into the issues of health, mortality and the value of friendships in The Third Act. Meet the Five Wise Guys and hear what they’ve got on their minds — actors, writers, storytellers all — as they kibbitz about life in The Third Act. Five Wise Guys is the Project’s first […]
Read More FIVE WISE GUYS: Episode 2
Now TAP members and visitors can look in on a group of interesting older guys — actors, writers, storytellers all — as they kibbitz about life in The Third Act. Five Wise Guys is the Project’s first TV show and features writer and TAP co-founder Sam Bittman; actor Jeff Kent; bookman and storyteller Matthew Tannenbaum; author and playwright […]
Read More FIVE WISE GUYS: The Pilot Episode
Here’s an excerpt from I’m Not Rappaport by Herb Gardner who was also the author of A Thousand Clowns. The speech is something of a rant by the character of Nat, an old man who is attempting to intimidate the tenant committee chairman Danforth to drop his plans to fire the aged and near-blind building […]
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We mourn the loss of our great poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, of whose life we will post an appreciation in coming days. For now, given the darkness that has descended on our body politic, it feels most appropriate to remember his words on the source and force and spirit of democracy. Here is the […]
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