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Art
a Comedy
CATEGORY :
by Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton)

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 45

SHOWING : May 10, 2001 - June 10, 2001

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

What is art? What is friendship? These questions are at the center of this hilarious send-up of modern art when the purchase of a white-on-white painting throws the friendship of three friends into turmoil. Serge, who fancies himself an intellectual, pays a small fortune for a work of art that is solid white. His friends, Marc and Yvan, are less than enthusiastic about his acquisition, and as a result, revealing lessons in art and life ensue. Art won the 1998 Tony Award for Best New Play. "Wildly funny. You'll roar with laughter!" - New York Post. Contains adult language.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David H. Bell
cast Chris Kayser
cast Tom Key
cast Kenny Leon
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REVIEWS

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Lack of Direction Hurts Art
by Jonathan
Monday, June 4, 2001
3.0
Although a good script, Art at the Alliance suffers from lack of direction. Sure, you can put Chris Kayser, Kenny Leon and Tom Key on stage together and get some funny one liners and the knowledge that you are watching three of Atlanta's finest. But, without direction (both blocking, characterization and rhythm), the play suffers and you can't help but feeling that these three could have been better served if someone had taken the time to make sure everyone was on the same page.

The set is great. The script is fine (although some points that are thrown out are more interesting than others). And maybe when done right, the script doesn't come across like three highschool kids playing the "oh yeah? well this is what I hate about you" game. I can't imagine the play has done so well if that wasn't the case. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
overacted, but a touching script
by theaterreviewjimmyd
Friday, June 1, 2001
2.0
Art seems to be about reliance on other people for your identity, and talking about superficial issues in place of the real ones. I liked the script. Not flawless, but good. The set is gorgeous. The acting is overdone. Kayser overacts, but not as badly as Leon. I just couldn't believe that people could talk like that. I did get teary near the end, so it is a moving piece overall. I also wasn't crazy about some of the blocking and other directing choices (timing, etc.) [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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