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Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays:…

Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays: Picasso at the Lapin Agile,… (1996)

by Steve Martin

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Einstein: I work the same way. I make beautiful things with a pencil.
Picasso: You? Youʻre just a scientist! For me, the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line!
Einstein: Likewise.
Picasso (still dancing): Letʼs see one of your creations.
(Einstein pulls out a pencil. Picasso stops dancing, gets a pencil. The others back away as if it were a
Western shoot-out.)
Picasso: Draw!
(They start to draw on the napkins. Einstein finishes first.)
Einstein: Done!
(Einstein and Picasso swap drawings.)
Einstein: Itʼs perfect.
Picasso: Thank you.
Einstein: Iʼm talking about mine.
Picasso (studies it): Itʻs a formula.
Einstein: Soʼs yours.
Picasso: It was a little hastily drawn. . . yours is letters.
Einstein: Yours is lines.
Picasso: My lines mean something.
Einstein: So do mine.
Picasso: Mine is beautiful.
Einstein (indicates his own drawing): Men have swooned on seeing that.
Picasso: Mine touches the heart.
Einstein: Mine touches the head.
Picasso: Mine will change the future.
Einstein (holds his drawing): Oh, and mine wonʼt?
(Sensing victory, or at least parity, Einstein starts to dance with Suzanne. Picasso stands befuddled.) ( )
  payam-tommy | Mar 13, 2015 |
A bit of a disappointment. The premise was so extraordinary and could have been such an incredible tour de force that the frothy result was disconcerting. Some bright moments, but not the lightning bolts that should have struck. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
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. ( )
  br77rino | Apr 5, 2012 |
first book covered in my 16 genre challenge of 2012!
  jodysilver | Jan 3, 2012 |
Enjoyable, but damn pretentious. ( )
  johnmackfreeman | Sep 4, 2011 |
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Ever wonder what it would have been like if wild and crazy Steve Martin had written an episode of "The Twilight Zone"? Well, wonder no more. The zany actor/comedian made playwright rookie of the year with this, the script of his first comedy, set in a bar in 1904 Paris. Two of the regulars, twentysomethings Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, argue about the art of physics and the physics of art as they try to impress and bed a pretty girl. And then the space/time/culture continuum ruptures, and they're joined by a figure from the future who seems to be . . . Elvis Presley! Read for yourself why the show's been done Off-Broadway and at regionals around the country.

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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.… (more)

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