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Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle University, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" (2008). The Masque Programs. 120.
So, Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar - sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Set in 1904 Paris, Picasso at the Lapin Agile brings that punch line to life. Steve Martin places two of the twentieth century's most brilliant minds in an uncommonly simplistic setting - an avant-garde bar frequented by rising artists. Einstein, a physicist, and Picasso, an artist, are both on the verge of the greatest discoveries of their careers. However, what results after their initial clash of egos is something more profound. Through the meeting of these two strangers, Martin suggests that intellect, as good wine, comes in a variety of flavors, each with differing subtlety and nuance.
If not for Martin's slapstick humor, the philosophical nature of the dialogue could easily overtake the informality of the show. To blend the two, The Masque decided to call once more on the talents of veteran Philadelphia director, Tom Reing. Reing's unique brand of humor, combined with a talented cast and crew, make for an entertaining show that leaves you thinking that perhaps genius awaits us all, and if it does - what an absurd time we'll have discovering it!
We hope you'll enjoy your night at the pub with Picasso and Einstein - those two wild and crazy guys. So grab a stool, flag down the bartender-and drink in The Masque of La Salle's production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile!
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