San Diegans can see Steve Martin in a new light

March 3, 2017 by  

Steve Martin, famed around the world for his comedy and acting work in television and numerous films, is also a playwright, and has penned a work now on stage at the Old Globe in San Diego titled ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’.

Martin’s work is in the tradition of the theater of the absurd, and is a conversation between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, who meet at a cafe called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Paris’s Montmartre area.

The meeting takes place in October 1904, just before each of the two makes a major breakthrough public: Einstein is about to reveal his theory of relativity, and Picasso is going to paint his ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’, which will bring him to the attention of the art world.

At the cafe, they debate about art, science, talent, and culture. As the evening progresses, they interact with a number of other characters, including a visitor who drops in from the future – a certain singer who wears blue suede shoes.

The rollicking ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ opened at the Old Globe on February 4, and runs until March 12. It is presented on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the theater complex.

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