Friendship Comedy Art by Yasmina Reza
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
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I've wanted to see this play for years, but had never been to the Altarena Playhouse and wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was a really good production (minamilist, like the art! LOL). I'm glad I was able to see it in such an intimate setting. My husband, who groaned when I told him what the play was about, was laughing through out and declared it "great" when it was over. Bravo to the cast who really got a work out!
This 1998 Tony Award winner is a fiendishly clever comedy that dares to ask the question, "What is art?" Three old friends square off over the merits of a recently purchased painting. Their friendship is put to the test as the arguments quickly go from theoretical, to personal, to confrontational. Art is a heady and hilarious look at the bonds of friendship. It's been called "A nonstop cross-fire of crackling language...a marriage of Moliere and Woody Allen." Decide for yourself if it's "Art."
Written by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Stewart Lyle
Featuring John Hale, Keith Jefferds, and Matthew Lai
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