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Art Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 29 2015

If ever you want a master class in being exquisitely shitty to your friends, try French playwright Yasmin Reza's Art. Translated by Christopher Hampton and staged here by Amazing Sammo, this one-act comedy begins in the apartment of Serge, a nouveau riche social climber who's acquired a piece of extravagantly minimalist art that incites conflict once he trots it out for his pals Marc (Michael Lomenick), a hypersensitive bullshit detector, and Yvan (Timothy Steinmetz), a stationery salesman who seems sprung from a Chekhov play. What starts as an aesthetic disagreement becomes full of sneaky pathos as it reveals how seriously we depend on others for our sense of importance. Fight choreographer Cameron Peart's demented, dainty dustup offers sweet hilarity compared with the cruel takedowns. —Jena Cutie

Price: $18

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