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Steve Martin is one of America's treasured comedic actors, having appeared in some of the most popular movies of our time. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has for the past few years turned his attention to writing plays. The results, collected here, demonstrate new facets of the range and talent he possesses on screen. His plays hilariously explore very serious questions about love and happiness and the meaning of life; they are rich with equal parts pain and slapstick humor, torment and wit.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Steve Martin's first full-length play, opened at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater before moving on to Los Angeles (where it was the longest-running show in the history of the Westwood Playhouse) and, finally, to New York. An imagined meeting of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in 1904 — when both men were in their twenties — it is a compelling examination of science and art and their impact on a rapidly changing society. As the two men engage in a battle of ideas about probability, lust, artistic integrity, and the future, the play moves with ease between the breezy and the profound.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays contains three one-acts, first presented together at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York. WASP depicts an archetypal middle-class white Anglo-Saxon Protestant family trying to live up to the routine of an idealized fifties suburbia. It is a dark and surreal comedy — a broad satire punctuated with insightful and poetic moments of irony. A meditation on the nature of love and loneliness, The Zig-Zag Woman concerns a woman so desperate to find affection that, with the help of a magic trick, she appears to divide her body into three parts. In the final play, Patter for the Floating Lady, a magician plans to levitate his assistant in order to give her what he could not give her when they were together: freedom.

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Steve Martin is one of America's most treasured actors, having appeared in some of the most popular moves of our time. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has in the past few years turned his hand to writing plays. The results, collected here, hilariously explore serious questions of love, happiness and the meaning of life; they are rich with equal parts of pain and slapstick humour, torment and wit.

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P.M. Bradshaw, August 21, 2012 (view all comments by P.M. Bradshaw)
Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin) turned out to be a very good playwright! This play revolves around a chance meeting between Picasso and Albert Einstein (and a guy named Schmendiman) prior to their great achievements. It manages to utilize both cheap, easy, low-brow humor, and deep, insightful commentary on both the men and society. A wonderful mix, and a lot of fun!

The remaining three “plays” are more sketches than plays. While “WASP” has some amusing dialogue, none of these three rate higher that 2 or 3 stars.

Worth getting the book for the main feature, though: Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802135230
Author:
Martin, Steve
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
American
Subject:
American drama (dramatic works by one author)
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Einstein, Albert
Subject:
Picasso, Pablo
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 7.5 oz

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Steve Martin is one of America's most treasured actors, having appeared in some of the most popular moves of our time. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has in the past few years turned his hand to writing plays. The results, collected here, hilariously explore serious questions of love, happiness and the meaning of life; they are rich with equal parts of pain and slapstick humour, torment and wit.
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