By Yasmina Reza
Directed by Marc Comstock
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, will their friendship survive?
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, ‘Art’ is “…a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts that sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne…Reza is a fiendishly clever write. ‘Art’ sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen…” said Newsweek.
Director Marc Comstock thinks the witty script by playwright Yazmina Reza not only touches on the questions of what art and friendship are, but also what our taste in art say about who we are as people. He asks, “Can this modern friendship survive a debate about modern art? Is it possible to still be friends with someone who has such opposite tastes as you? Are you able to overcome your own point of view to save the friendship? Reza’s script will make you laugh and think as you debate these questions!”