“ART” COMICALLY PROVES BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
By Bonnie Goldberg
Imagine a canvas painted white on white, four feet by five feet. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Serge sees his latest acquisition by the painter Antrios as a masterpiece, a vision that heralds a new level of perfection in the modern art world. Yet when Serge’s best friends view it, their opinion is less than stellar. They feel he has been hoodwinked, flimflammed and suckered into purchasing a work of modern art that is worth less than the sum of all its paint drops.
Come view “ART” by Yasmina Reza on display at Square One Theatre Company weekends until Saturday, May 28 at the Stratford Theatre, 2422 Main Street, Stratford.
Pride of ownership is evident when Serge (Alexander Kulcsar), like a proud papa, shows off his newest collection piece to his best friends Marc (Pat Leo) and Yvan (Dan Arenovski). Marc doesn’t mince words: he hates it and feels Serge is a fool to have spent $40,000 making it his. Forget that Serge has long been lusting after it, that it makes him happy, that he has a genuine attachment to it.
Marc equates the purchase with Serge rejecting their friendship, throwing way a fifteen- year relationship over a giant square of white on white. Since when is Serge, a dermatologist, a connoisseur of modern art? Marc only has contempt for him and his expensive taste.
Yvan is more politic and polite. He is the umpire, the peacemaker, and the conciliator, who wants to preserve their triumvirate. Getting married in two weeks and dealing with a new job are more than enough for him to deal with without factoring in a verbal and physical free-for-all fight. Director Tom Holehan allows this talented trio a wonderful debate as words fly and egos are wounded over the question of what is art.
For tickets ($20, seniors and students $19), call Square One Theatre Company at 203-375-8778 or online at www.squareonetheate.com. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a 4 p.m. twilight matinee Saturday, May 28.
Cast your vote on the “snowstorm blizzard of white,” to hang it in Serge’s apartment, to banish it if Marc has his way or sit on the border of Switzerland with Yvan, where you can comfortably go either way.