Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays

Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays

by Steve Martin

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ISBN-13: 9780802135230
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Edition description: 1 PBK ED
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 323,940
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Hometown:

Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1945

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas

Education:

Long Beach State College; University of California, Los Angeles

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MissLizzy on LibraryThing 19 days ago
"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" was the first production of my university's 2005-2006 season. It's a hilarious show, and makes you think as well. Steve Martin will excel at anything he does.
br77rino on LibraryThing 19 days ago
There are 4 plays: The title play, which is the longest one involving Picasso, Einstein, and the regulars at a bar in 1904 Paris, 2 odd short plays centering on a woman: the Zig Zag Woman and Patter for the Floating Woman, both involving magic tricks, and finally, a send up of middle class "Father Knows Best" types called WASP. I envisioned Paul Dooley as the dad of the nuclear family. There are some good funny bits here and there with Steve Martin's intelligence definitely on display, but that's about it. It's pretty short, you could read the whole thing in 2 hours or so.
misscatie on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Martin's plays are witty, intelligent and bittersweet. I've never performed any of them or even used them for monologues, but I have read them so many times that I have memorized entire portions of Picasso, Patter for the Floating Lady and the Zig-Zag Woman.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This slim volume contains four short plays - Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, and WASP. All have elements of the absurd and the first three break the traditional barrier between stage and audience, but each should be examined in its own right.Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Martin¿s first stab at writing a play, and the result is remarkable. In this play, Martin imagines the chance meeting of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in 1904 at a Paris bar, where they are surrounded by a host of other colorful characters, including an unlikely visit from a time-traveling Elvis. This play examines the greatness of the twentieth century, as seen by those just embarking on the journey. As the two geniuses themselves say of the meeting, ¿the ideas we have said here tonight will lace themselves irrevocably through the century¿ (Einstein, p. 59) and ¿this is the night the earth fell quiet and listened to a conversation¿ (Picasso, p. 59). The play is at turns deep and snarky, and the writing style reminds me of Samuel Beckett¿s works. The considerably shorter The Zig-Zag Woman is about a waitress who goes to the extreme of putting herself in a magician¿s box to get a young man to notice her. Martin shines when writing about love and loneliness, as seen in his two novellas Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and this play is no exception. There are quite a number of prettily turned phrases here that also make you stop and think, e.g., ¿In the beginning of something, its ending is foretold¿ (p. 94) and ¿love is a promise delivered already broken¿ (p. 86).The third play in the volume lives up to the ¿patter¿ part of its name. This very short play involves a magician and his assistant looking back over their failed love affair. There¿s not much of substance to this play, mostly the magician (and occasionally the assistant) going on and on about their past and their feelings. Consequently, this is the weakest play of the four, in my opinion.Wasp looks at a prototypical American family in the 1950s and reveals that their lives aren¿t as wonderful as they appear on the outside. ¿I¿m living the lie, I know it ¿ Truth handed down through the pages of Redbook and the Saturday Evening Post¿ (p. 148), the father muses at one point. The writing style here was reminiscent of another playwright although I can¿t place my finger on which one.Overall, these plays combine to create a delightful, fast-paced read that will leave you pondering the deeper meanings of their content.
realbigcat on LibraryThing 19 days ago
You have to love the many talents of Steve Martin. here again Martin shows his writing talent in several unique short plays. Martin's unique sense of humor comes to life in these characters. The main title play Picasso At The Lapin Agile blends an interesting story where a young Picasso and a young Einstein meet in a bar. My personal favorite play was WASP which is also very original and unique. A must read for any Steve Martin fan.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Picasso and the Lapin Agile is the story of a hypothetical meeting between Picasso and Einstein in Paris in 1904. It alternates between comic absurdity and well-crafted insight into the nature of genius in the twentieth century. The absurdity alone wouldn't be worth the read, but the combination is beautiful and witty.The three shorter plays are all essentially commentaries on human relationships. I retain a soft spot for WASP, in which I played the mother (and basically directed by default) in my senior year acting class.
sapsygo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The first play in this collection was decent (Lapin Agile) but the others weren't anything remarkable, or even all that good, really. Most of the plays feel like writing or thought exercises, and I don't think they would have been published had the author not been Steve Martin.
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