Picasso at the Lapin Agile | Saint Bonaventure Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2009

Steve Martin's 1993 play, his first, is essentially a series of unrelated comic monologues filled with one-liners and nonsensical rants. It's 1904, and those wacky geniuses Einstein and Picasso meet by chance in a Parisian bar populated by sex-obsessed women and a time-traveling celebrity, among others. Despite the story's fictional "meeting of the minds," its intellectual content is almost nil. And the corny jokes are positively vaudevillian--I kept waiting for rim shots. Under Steven Walanka's direction, the Saint Sebastian Players are occasionally titter-worthy. Renae Stone and Rob Grabowski do well as bar denizens, and Nate Negron is fun as the visiting celeb. But the comedy needs more help than this company gives it. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $7-$15

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