Picasso at the Lapin Agile
by Steve Martin
What is art, by definition? Can an equation be as beautiful as a drawing of a woman? And which has more value, more worth? Does science or art have more of an influence on the world?
It seems as if in today's literary world, there is one dark drama after another being written. That being said, Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a breath of fresh air in the world of playwriting. The play takes place on another standard night at the Lapin Agile bar, where artists and free thinkers often end up to have a drink and convene with others. Although the play takes place in 1904, there are constant references to pop culture of the late 20th century, with modern music sung, accurate predictions of what the century will hold, and lastly a guest appearance by a certain hip swinging king. All of these modern interjections give the play a hilariously witty commentary of what will actually become of the 20th century and of those "greats" who helped create it. Here we see the seeds of what would later become some of Einstein and Picasso's defining work. Einstein grapples with relativity while Picasso grapples with women, over a drink. Steve Martin has seamlessly woven a play that will leave you thoroughly satisfied and entertained. One can't help but chuckle at the absurdity of these characters; they are outlandish for their time but it is their naive truth that makes on laugh.
All in all, this play is a delightful piece of commentary that proves to be a fun read.
7M 3W Scenes/Monologues: Great comedic monologues for both men and women.
Recommended by: Abi