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By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
August 8-19th, 2018
1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
1998 Tony Award for Best Play
1998 New York Drama Critics’ Circle – Best Play
1997 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
1995 Molière Award for Best Commercial Production
How honest should we be with our friends? And can we be friends with people with whom we violently disagree?
Serge has just bought a very expensive painting: it’s about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. His friend Marc thinks that the painting is a joke and, in a fit of unbridled honesty, he tells Serge he’s been had. Serge hotly counters that Marc has no idea what he’s talking about. In an effort to settle the argument, they each appeal to their mild-mannered, eager-to-please friend, Ivan, launching all three men into a fierce debate that tests the bonds of their longstanding friendship.
Is Reza’s play…a modern classic or a modish crowdpleaser? I lean to the former view but the answer, as with Serge’s enigmatic painting, lies in the eye of the beholder.
– Michael Billington, The Guardian
…a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts that sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne…Reza is a fiendishly clever writer…’ART’ sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen…