Eclectic Theater Company
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Cara Anderson-Ahrens
THE REVIEWS: Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play. Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. "wildly funny, naughtily provocative" NY Post. 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 SorbonneReza is a fiendishly clever writer'ART' sounds like a marriage of Molire and Woody Allen" Newsweek. "Anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should go to 'ART'." Independent (London). "That such a simple plot can throw up such profound and meaty ideas about the rules that dictate art and friendship is a real treat. Reza and Hampton have an acute ear for the idiocies, trivia and petty assaults that pepper the conversation between friendsThe real pleasures come from Reza's creation of three beautifully defined, original characters" The Mail (London). "In October I called it a minor classic. Let's change that to classic comedy, period." London Times.
THE STORY: 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, Yvan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Yvan 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, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: "Go on. This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.
WHAT: Eclectic Theater Company presents ART by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Cara Anderson-Ahrens.
Serge Karl Holzheimer
Marc Matthew Ahrens
Yvan David Kubiczky
WHEN: September 12th 28th, Thursday Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with an additional Sunday matinee performance on Sept. 28th at 2:00PM
PLAY: ART is a contemporary play about a contemporary friendship threatened by contemporary art. Serge (Karl Holzheimer) and his two best friends are about to have dinner together, but first he wants to show them his latest coup - a very expensive painting by one of the hottest artists around. It is painted entirely in shades of white. Marc (Matthew Ahrens), who fancies himself as Serge's cultural mentor is mystified by the purchase. Yvan (David Kubiczky), who survives by quietly going along with the consensus, is asked to choose sides. While the friends' evening proves near disastrous, the audience's evening is utterly hilarious as Reza deftly reveals truths about men and art, and the ties that bind them.
TICKETS: Regular Performances: $20 ($16 TPS, $10 Students/Seniors/Military/Veterans) and Standby comps for AEA/SAG/AFTRA/WGA/IATSE.
HOW: Brown Paper Tickets for advance sales, at the door 1 hour before show time and day-of half-price tickets ($10) available at Ticket/Ticket.
WHERE: Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave, Seattle, WA
Odd Duck Studio
1214 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|