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By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Bill English
“Art is an exceedingly diverting play … the cast is well chosen and Mr. English’s staging serves the play equally well.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“This SF Playhouse offering is special and so very welcome … an artful, angry, absolutely compelling work of Art that loses little in its transition to video.” – Chad Jones, Theater Dogs
“The acting is so good, so spot-on, that it’s downright exhilarating.” – Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner
Serge has purchased a very expensive modern work of art: a five-feet-by-four-feet painting of white diagonal lines on a white canvas. Marc cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly spend so much money on such a piece, and Yvan wants everyone to get along. Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, Art is a timely exploration of the complex layers of friendship and how even the closest friends can turn on one another.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Yasmina Reza (Playwright) is a French playwright and novelist based in Paris whose works have all been multi-award winning, critical and popular international successes. On Broadway, Ms. Reza’s play Art received the 1998 Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The London production of Art received a 1996-97 Olivier Award for Best Play. The original National Theatre production of Life x 3 earned a 2001 Olivier Award nomination for Best Play. Ms. Reza’s other plays include Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter and The Unexpected Man, which share the distinction with Art and Life x 3 as having been translated into 35 languages and produced worldwide. She translated La Metamorphose (Stephen Berkoff’s version of Kafka’s Metamorphosis), which was directed by Roman Polanski. Novels include Hammerklavier, Desolation, and Adam Haberberg. Film: Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz (directed by Didier Martiny).
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