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Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Tryon Little Theater’s April play

Published 5:04pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

An art dealer named Sagot (Edward Harrelson) also has an interest in the young artist though his interest is of a more monetary nature.

The young artist, of course, is a young, struggling Pablo Picasso. “He’s a painter or says he’s one. I’ve never actually seen any of his paintings, only what he says. Nuts about blue, they say.”

What the fertile mind of comedian, actor, musician, playwright Steve Martin has put together is an imaginary (although it could conceivably have happened) meeting of two of the great minds that helped shape the 20th century.

In 1904, these two geniuses were just two young men with dreams and vision. They were taking those infant steps that would lead to changing the world forever … and with any luck, they might be able to pick up a couple of girls along the way.

Director Richard Sharkey has put together a talented cast which also includes Josh Moffit as Schmendiman, a huckster with more flash than substance, Alexa Hughes as The Countess, elegant in her finery, Sara Seagle as “A Female Admirer” of questionable taste, and “A Visitor” who you will no doubt recognize and played by Lavin Cuddihee as only he could.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile manages to be funny, smart and silly all at the same time.  It is for mature audiences and it’s guaranteed to not only make you laugh but to make you think.

The play takes over the TLT Workshop April 18-21 and 25-28. Box office opens April 8. Come and enjoy the Lapin Agile. Oh, I almost forgot the end of the set up —

Two geniuses walk into a bar … hilarity ensues.

– article submitted by Elvin Clark

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