Full Length Play
Settings Of Play - The locations vary between Charlie’s apartment, quite small and meager, on the lower east side; Sylvia’s elegant apartment on the upper east side; the kitchen of Kidman’s artist’s loft; and the office of Lillian’s gallery.
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College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
After a scathing review 15 years ago, a once-celebrated painter faded into impoverished obscurity. Can one chance encounter resurrect this volatile artist from obscurity and re-launch him to overnight success? Theresa Rebeck skillfully compares the gritty urban realities of lives lived on the edge with the capricious intrigues of the uptown gallery scene where fame might just be a matter of who you know and reputations can be bought and sold.
"Meaningful questions of morality, aesthetics and class conflict." -The Seattle Times
"Underneath her satirical surface, equal to the best of Richard Brinsley Sheridan in The School for Scandal, Rebeck rekindles the troubling assertion that it was the support of the political, financial and artistic establishment that made possible the triumph of absract expressionist paintings and transferred the capital of the art world from Paris to New York." -New Haven Register
Abstract Expression premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT in November 1998 under the direction of Greg Leaming.