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Picasso at the Lapin Agile - Full Length Play, Comedy

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Steve Martin

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Full Length Play, Comedy

7m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573695643

Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play

"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 visi…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - A bar in paris, 1904.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TAGS

Friendship

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play
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.

"It’s important to remember that the playwright of 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that)." - The New York Times

"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." - New York Post

"Consistently entertaining." - New York 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

"A major treat." - Newsday

"Steve Martin's enlightening play is equally smart and silly..." - Hartford Courant

Picasso at the Lapin Agile opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, on October 13, 1993
Characters

CASTING

7m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting

CASTING NOTES

Parts for up to 7 men and 4 women

FREDDY, the owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile

GASTON, an older man

GERMAINE, waitress and Freddy’s girlfriend

ALBERT EINSTEIN, age twenty-five

SUZANNE, age nineteen

SAGOT, Picasso’s art dealer

PABLO PICASSO, age twenty-three

CHARLES DABERNOW SCHMENDIMAN, a young man

THE COUNTESS

A FEMALE ADMIRER

A VISITOR

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Reviews
Markku Sario 10/25/2016 11:17 AM
Written by Steve Martin (Yes, THAT Steve Martin), describes a fictional meeting between Picasso and Einstein at a bar (the Lapin Agile) in Paris, when both were in their 20's.  Absolutely hilarious, Martin shows an understanding of Picasso's art and Einstein's theories, and how they may have influenced each other.  Humor ranges from slapstick to clever and subtle, but always very, very funny.
Darcia Tipton 9/21/2016 12:57 PM
Wickedly funny. Brilliantly written. A real thinking persons show.
Jason Worthington 3/11/2016 9:50 AM

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