Great Escape Stage Company

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

By Steve Martin
Aug. 20 – 30

This long-running off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904.

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This long-running off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of Relativity and the celebrated painter set the world afire with cubism.

In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful topics, with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the bartender and mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philospoher, Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor.

The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark-haired singer time-warped from another era.