Monday, August 31, 2009

Picasso at the Lapin Agile (play review)

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" was written by one of our foremost modern comedians Steve Martin. If for no other reason than that, I was interested in seeing the play currently playing at the Chautauqua season tickets there was a pretty good chance that we'd see it. Just who would go with us was a question almost up to the curtain. Turned out that the traditional dinner before the play was transformed to a celebratory dinner to mark two very important tests that Tiffany finished, Then we had to decide which 2 of their family would go with us. Ed and Timothy won out.

The jist of the play is that Einstein and Picasso, being contemporaries, happen to meet and get acquainted at this Parisian bar - The Agile Rabbit. There they discuss art, physics, (naturally) and what should be the appropriate 3rd point of a world-changing culture which has those two points as beginning points. There are a lot of philosophy jokes and a lot of intense discussion where these armchair philosophers attempt to prove their branch is the best. The humor is either slapstick or obscure. After a "red herring' candidate for that last corner of the triangle, a messenger from the future who looks oddly enough like a young Elvis Presley drops in, the play sort of winds up rather than coming to an end.

I personally don't think it's Steve's best work although our players appeared to do their best to bring life to this slightly dead play. I'm proud of Tim for actually staying awake through the whole play.

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