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Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Written By Steve Martin
Performance Dates – November 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8pm, November 8 and 15 at 2pm
at the Black Box at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.
So Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar……This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy by Steve Martin places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’ agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.
As Martin has said, ” … the play attempts to explain, in a light-hearted way, the similarity of the creative process involved in great leaps of imagination in art and science.”