Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays

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Steve Martin is one of America's most treasured actors, having appeared in some of the most popular moves of our time. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has in the past few years turned his hand to writing plays. The results, collected here, hilariously explore serious questions of love, happiness and the meaning of life; they are rich with equal parts of pain and slapstick humour, torment and wit.
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Overview


Steve Martin is one of America's most treasured actors, having appeared in some of the most popular moves of our time. He is also an accomplished screenwriter who has in the past few years turned his hand to writing plays. The results, collected here, hilariously explore serious questions of love, happiness and the meaning of life; they are rich with equal parts of pain and slapstick humour, torment and wit.
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“Steve Martin’s comic wit has never been sharper.”—USA Today

“Steve Martin is the most exciting new playwright in town. . . . His first play is a major treat.”—Newsday

“[Picasso at the Lapin Agile is] a very engaging 75-minute shaggy dog of a comedy . . . Mr. Martin has also created a number of moment of real humor and wit. . . . His manner is to so mix the sublime with the ridiculous that they can’t be easily disentangled.”—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“Steve Martin is a gifted screenplay writer, and as Picasso demonstrated, a smart, facile thinker with a serious reach.”—Variety

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Martin’s poker-faced—and very funny—riff on the birth of the modern century.”—New York

“More laughs, more fun and more delight than anything currently on the New York stage.”—The New York Observer

Library Journal
Actor-comedian Martin is also an accomplished writer of screenplays, short stories, and now stage plays. The present work is his first full-length play and has enjoyed commercial success in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. It depicts an imaginary meeting of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in 1904 Paris, exploring the impact of art and science on our rapidly changing society. A surprise visit by Elvis adds some satiric commentary from a late-20th-century perspective. Among the other three short plays is Wasp, a stinging look at idealized 1950s suburban life. Though not essential, this is recommended for modern drama collections in larger public and academic libraries.Howard E. Miller, M.L.S., St. Louis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802135230
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 328,405
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Table of Contents

Picasso at the Lapin Agile 1
The Zig-Zag Woman 73
Patter for the Floating Lady 89
WASP 103
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