Stroyka Theatre Picasso at the Lapin AgileBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jul 25th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Stroyka Theater’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile [MP3 3:50 1.8MB].
Jackie’s Restaurant, Silver Spring, MD
$18/$15 Students and Seniors
Through July 27th
Mike: Picasso at the Lapin Agile was written by Steve Martin. It is the story of Pablo Picasso meeting Albert Einstein at a bar in the early 1900’s. They have a discussion about which of them is more important and which will have a bigger impact in the 20th century: art or science. It’s a series of witty dialogues between them and the other regulars at the Lapin Agile.
Laura: This was a solid production. It took place in kind of an interesting setting, inside a restaurant that had been partially converted into a black box theater. The house was packed on Thursday. All of the performers did well. They seemed to interact with each other and carried out stage business even when they were not the central focus on the stage.
Mike: I had a good time with this show and enjoyed myself. I will say the last third of the show was a little bit slow, but I’m not really sure why. It could be I just got tired because there was no intermission and I needed to stretch. Overall it was an enjoyable show.
Laura: The role of Albert Einstein was played by Rob Loreto. I think he was good in that his character was not over the top and larger than life. He was rather subdued, but I think it worked for his character and made him rather dynamic.
Mike: Pablo Picasso was played by Stephen Backus. I liked his Picasso because he was a young Picasso, at twenty-three years old. He portrayed that air of invincibility that comes with youth. But he also had a lot of humanity, especially when he was trying to seduce some of the ladies in the bar and then trying to one up Albert Einstein and put him in his place. He was not always able to achieve his goals. I liked the scene where Picasso and Einstein had to draw. Backus’ reaction to Einstein’s drawing I thought was well done.
Laura: Gaston was an older customer that was played by Roman S. Gusso. I liked him. He had good banter and good timing. I enjoyed the fact that even when he was not the focal point on stage, he was still keeping himself busy with stage business.
Mike: Freddy was the owner and the bartender of the Lapin Agile. He was played by Josh Canary. Germaine the waitress (and Freddy’s girlfriend) was played by Rosalie Vasquez-Yetter. I think the two of them complimented each other well. I like the little asides that Freddy gave. I think he was definitely in the part. He was serving drinks as the audience was arriving at the show. That made a nice dedication to the character that he was willing to be out front for who knows how long before the show started. Their relationship had a spark to it that helped the show move along and made the characters seem very real.
Laura: There were several characters in this show that were introduced to us that had no lines. However they did a good job with keeping the background going and added a touch of surrealism to the production.
Mike: Picasso at the Lapin Agile ran an hour and a half without intermission. It started a few minutes after it’s scheduled start. It is playing for one more weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday the 27th at 2:00 at Jackie’s Restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Laura: This show does contain adult language and adult situations and may not be appropriate for children.
Mike: We’d like to invite you to join our free mailing list to stay informed with what’s happening in theater in the DC region.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Freddy: Josh Canary
- Gaston: Roman S. Gusso
- Germaine: RosalieVasquez-Yetter
- Albert Einstein: Rob Loreto
- Suzanne: Julia Stemper
- Tramp: Dennis Chapoval
- Sagot: Marc Rehr
- Actress: Devrie Guerrero
- Carpenter: Dennis Chapoval
- Pablo Picasso: Stephen Backus
- Painter: Samuel Basa
- Charles Dabernow Schmendiman: Stephen Yednock
- The Countess: Julia Stemper
- A Female Admirer: Julia Stemper
- Singer: Dennis Chapoval
- Director: Jennifer Simmons
- Stage Manager: Alison Heiman
- Asst. Stage Manager: Devrie Guerrero
- Producer: Samuel Basa
- Costume Design: Jamie Bates
- Make-up Design: Roman S. Gusso
- Lighting Design: Alison Heiman & Josh Canary
- Sound Design: Roman S. Gusso & David Steigerwald
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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.