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February 27, 2009 | The Clarion
Arts & Life
'Picasso at the Lapin Agile' is hilarious fun
Last chance to catch Steve Martin's play on campus
by Nina Willis
The name of the play didn’t strike
me at first as something that would
eventually make sense, and seeing
the play proved me correct, as the
show was absolutely hilarious,
wise, and completely off-center
Imagine a small bar named Lapin
Agile in 1904 Paris, France, where such
geniuses like, you guessed it, Pablo Pica
sso visit and even Albert Einstein spends
The play is infused with colorful and ec
centric characters that liven up the stage
with sharp lines and a witty repertoire
of insight and allegory. There is a lot of
Steve Martin, the actor and playwright of
this wonderful show, weaved in and out of
several hnes, through humor and lessons
learned only with time. The director of the
play is faculty member Dr Kelly Carolyn
Both Alex Tompkins, who plays Picasso
with a beautiful savvy, and Agustin Ed-
mundson, who plays Einstein with a grace
ful integrity, deliver hnes with the sheer
belief that they just may have been these
massively influential savants in a former
life. Dwight Chiles, who plays Freddy the
loveable owner of the bar, doles out quick
funny lines with ease and includes the audi
ence through breaking the fourth wall.
Bill Schlacks as Gaston, an older bar
patron with an impatient bladder, serves
as the comic rehef, saying what we’re all
thinking even if it’s not exactly a thought
you want to be heard by everyone.
Freshman Kelli Tysinger, plays Suzanne,
one of Picasso’s many young lovers. Her
character’s youthful exuberance mixed also
with her sincere naivety gently reminds you
what it’s like to be caught up in passion.
Emily Wooton plays Germaine, Freddy’s
significant other, a fiery and sage character
Wooton gives a great and deep passion to
her character that just flows brilliantly on
The entire cast adds their own flavor to this
eclectic show, including Dave Bergman as
Sagot, a mthless, smooth-talking art dealer;
Adrian Wagner as Schendiman, a rambling
and accident-prone madman,;Stanislas
Foucqueteau as The Visitor; Ahcia Ehas as
The Countess; and Kara Ontiveros.
Another amazing aspect of this play, are
the alluring costumes and set that were
created. From wigs and skirts, slacks and
shoes, and even the actual peanut shells
chucked onto the floor, you travel back to
the actual LapinAgile, areal bar in Paris. A
large part of this play came from a talented
collaborative effort and thorough research
that meld well together, through the vivid
and detailed costumes and set design.
As our characters embark on literally the
beginning of the twentieth century, you
begin to see how little things have changed.
The changes that have been made were not
always for the best, but through humor can
we look at what went wrong and correct it?
Make your own ideas a part of the future
through the timeless power of prediction,
action, growth, blunder, and emotion, was
my interpretation of this play.
“... in the twentieth century, no political
movement will be as glorious as the move
ment of the hne across the paper, the note
across the staff, or the idea across the
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