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"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"
Presented by Charleston Stage Company
WHERE: Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and May 17-19
TICKETS: Adults $15, students and seniors $10
INFO: 304-343-5272 or www.charlestonstagecompany.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Director Tim Mace understands that as far as plays go, not only is "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" kind of a mouthful to say, it doesn't especially sound like a comedy, either.
"But it is," Mace added. "And it's really funny."
It ought to be. The play, which opens Thursday at the Capitol Center Theater, was the first written by actor/comedian/bluegrass picker Steve Martin. It deals with a chance meeting at a bar between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.
Mace said, "The bar actually exists. It's a little bar outside of Montmartre, Paris."
The Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) is a famous French cabaret. Established in the mid-1800s, it became a gathering place for artists, writers and art dealers in the 1900s.
Picasso frequented the place, and in 1905 painted "At the Lapin Agile" while still a struggling artist. Eventually, of course, Picasso became world famous and so did the bar.