Take Flight with Picasso at the Lapin Agile in ManassasBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 20th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of 2nd Flight Production’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile [MP3 4:55 1.4MB].
Mike: Picasso at the Lapin Agile was written by Steve Martin. It’s the story of Pablo Picasso meeting Albert Einstein at a bar in the early 1900’s. They have a discussion about which is more important and which will have a bigger impact on the 20th century, art or science. It was a series of witty dialogues between them and the other regulars at the Lapin Agile.
Laura: This was a final dress rehearsal and they did a really good job. One of the actors got called into work so the stage manger read her part. She did quite well. It was a comedy and there were some chuckles even though there wasn’t a big audience. I enjoyed it very much.
Mike: It was a pretty funny show. We’ve seen it before so we kind of knew what to expect. Some of the characters are larger than life. I’m not going to give too much of that away because you need to be surprised by some of the characters that appear. Overall I think 2nd Flight did a pretty good job with this show.
Laura: The role of Pablo Picasso was played by Faqir Qarghan. I liked him, he was very smooth, very suave. He came across as not necessarily the starving artist. He thinks his paintings are good and a little bit cocky towards the other people in the bar.
Mike: Albert Einstein was played by Travis Newcomb. He was kind of silly, which is the word we came up with to describe him. Albert Einstein is still a youngster, still working at the Patent Office and in the evenings doing his physicist work. He was aware of his own brilliance, but he was also aware that people thought of him as kind of scatterbrained. Such as at the beginning he realized his hair isn’t mussed up. So he musses his hair. The mannerisms that he was bringing I thought were really good. There were lots of small little things he kept doing as Einstein that just seemed to be exactly right.
Laura: The Bartender, Freddy, was played by Dave Wright. He was the straight man of the evening. Although he did have some really funny bits, which I guess were made funnier because he was the straight man so you didn’t expect him to be funny. So I think that really enhanced the performance.
Mike: Freddy’s girlfriend, who was also the Lapin Agile’s waitress, Germaine, was played by Ann Marie Pinto. I really liked her performance. I think she did the best of anybody in the cast. She seemed very real. She was so focused on the people she was talking to. She was very much used to the craziness that goes on everyday at the Lapin Agile. Whenever crazy characters came in she just took them in stride. She treated them as people, not as nuts or anything like that. She was very believable, very at ease with the different people she was interacting with.
Laura: The set was a simple set. It was a bar scene with everything kind of off kilter. You had odd shaped things and things in various directions. You had the big painting up behind the bar. I thought it was a good set. It really added to the ambiance of a bar in Paris.
Mike: The costumes were very appropriate for the show. Picasso’s costume wasn’t a smock but, it was very much a french outfit: open tie, which was also a scarf. Albert Einstein’s suit was kind of a tweed suit with a bow tie. It was just perfect. The bartender Freddy and Germaine both looked really good as working in a bar. All in all the costumes added to the show. They were really good.
Laura: One question I had for you Michael was, what did you think of the painting?
Mike: It was an interesting painting. I do wonder who painted it. I saw it as a few sheep, one really fat sheep standing in a farm meadow. It was just kind of not something I would hang up in my home. What about you, Laura? What did you think of the painting?
Laura: It was interesting. The sheep were nice. Again it wasn’t something I would necessarily hang up in my living room. The other thing that impressed me was the visitor that comes in, where do you get those shoes?
Mike: The costumer for the show was Susan Anderson. I don’t know where she found those special shoes they needed for later in the show, but I’m glad they went to the trouble of finding them.
Laura: Picasso at the Lapin Agile is playing Fridays and Saturdays through the 28th at 8:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM at the Cramer Center in Manassas, Virginia.
Mike: 2nd Flight Productions is also a new member of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors, WATCH. So we welcome them into WATCH. Hope they have a great time with that, being judged by other local theater community groups.
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.