Review: Picasso at the Lapin AgileBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 22nd, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile [MP3 3:21 3.1MB].
Laura: Yes, Picasso at the Lapin Agile takes place at the turn of the 20th century at a bar in Paris, France. It is kind of reminiscent of a Cheers bar of today. You have interesting people coming and going including Albert Einstein and the artist Picasso.
Mike: The set was really well designed, i liked it. It was simple. It was simpler than the Gin Game which the Little Theatre did a few months ago. There was a bar. There were two entrances; one was the entrace from the street and one was the entrance to the restroom area. That was it. there were two tables. There was a painting on the wall. There were some picture frames on the back wall. And there was a window etched into the side next to the main door and that was it. It was simple, but very effective. The bar tender and the waitress had drinks and bottles to share with the customers that were coming in. They had a really good time with it.
Laura: Yes they did, I would agree. Steve Martin does comedy very well. This was a funny play.
Mike: It was a funny play. There was a lot of laughter from the audience.
Laura: They really got into it. No intermission. It went straight through, but the audiece I think really got into it. The actor I identified with most was Picasso, actually played by Matthew Hartman. I felt without giving too much away that he got into his part really well. Played the starving artist and did a good job with it.
Mike: It is a comedy and we don’t want to give too much away so don’t read anything on the Internet about it unless you’ve seen it before. There are a lot of surprises and a lot going on, but it’s never real busy. It’s not like people are there just to be there. They all have a part and they all contribute. The waitress contributed just as much as Einstein and Picasso do. It was a team. I could see them all working well together. A couple of the actresses had fairly small parts. The countesss, Jessica Lada, had a fairly small part, but it felt right. It really felt like she was suppossed to be there with Einsten. That was really cool. Scott Strasbaugh played Charles Dabernow Schmendiman. He had a fun part. He had a good time with that.
Laura: He was a very energetic person.
Mike: He’s the guy, here’s a trivia question, he’s the guy who decided that you say chese when you’re taking a picture. You need to know that. That might come up on Jeopardy sometime. It’s a fun show. I don’t think you can go wrong with this. There is some adult language in it so you don’t want the kid to see this. It’s a fun show. So come on out to the Little Theatre of Alexandria. It’s playing in Alexandria through February 4th.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.