Picasso at the Lapin Agile | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Picasso at the Lapin Agile The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: First Wednesday-Sunday of every month. Continues through June 26 2015

Just what was going on in 1993, that fuzzy, far-away year? Jurassic Park was killing at the box office, Steely Dan reunited, and Beanie Babies became a thing. Oh, and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile opened at Steppenwolf. It wasn’t exactly a peak year for heightened thought, and Martin’s play, an extended two-guys-walk-into-a-bar joke, is no exception. The two guys manifest as Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, and the joke ends up being on the audience, as Martin’s writing better suits fans of formulaic 90s sitcoms. Directed by Josh Anderson, this Organic Theater Company production doesn’t do much to fight that flaw—the actors paint with such broad strokes that really a laugh track’s all that’s missing. The one exception is Bryan James Wakefield’s Freddy the bartender, who like a good martini comes off perfectly understated and dry. —Chloe Riley

Price: $16-$20


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