Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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Samuel French, Jan 1, 1996 - Drama - 78 pages
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Comedy / Casting: 7m, 2f / Interior Scenery

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy 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.

"Highly credible and ... very funny. The subject matter is daring.... You get giggles in plenty [and] moments of enlightenment.... The introduction of the final, exquisitely selected visitor from the future is a master stroke."-N.Y. Post

"Consistently entertaining."-N.Y. Daily News

"Very engaging.... Martin sends ideas onstage in baggy pants, with a cigar .... mix[ing] the sublime with the ridiculous [so] that they can't be easily disentangled.... Very good fun."-The New York Times

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User Review  - payam-tommy - LibraryThing

Einstein: I work the same way. I make beautiful things with a pencil. Picasso: You? Youʻre just a scientist! For me, the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line! Einstein: Likewise ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

A bit of a disappointment. The premise was so extraordinary and could have been such an incredible tour de force that the frothy result was disconcerting. Some bright moments, but not the lightning bolts that should have struck. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas. He studied at Long Beach State College. He has acted in such films as The Jerk; Roxanne; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Bowfinger; Father of the Bride; Cheaper by the Dozen; and Shopgirl, which was adapted from a novel he wrote. He has won an Emmy for his comedy writing and Grammies for his comedy albums. He has made several appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. He has written several books including Shopgirl, Cruel Shoes, Pure Drivel, The Pleasure of My Company, and An Object of Beauty. He also wrote a play entitled Picasso at the Lapin Agile and a memoir entitled Born Standing Up. During the 1990s, he wrote various pieces for The New Yorker. In 2002, he adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants, which ran Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and in 2008, co-wrote and produced Traitor. In 2013 he published a memoir entitled Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. This book tells the story of his beginnings as a magician and comedian at a young age and follows through his career lifetime.

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