Critique of Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Written by Steve Martin and directed by Brien Lang, Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a play located at the Lapin Agile, in Paris. Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, both young, headstrong and passionate, come together in a fictitious meeting devised in the comic mind of Steve Martin. It's bohemian Paris, at the turn of the century and everything has fallen quiet to listen to a conversation of exquisite topics. Does art matter? Can science touch the heart? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? Did Einstein and Picasso really only excel in their chosen fields in order to get girls? With a little help from a mysterious, visitor from the future (based on order of appearance) these topics get debated in one of the best possible environments, the bar of the “scurrying rabbit”.
Steve Martins sense of humor is very immense in size, based on the bars name. By calling it the Lapin Agile (meaning scurrying rabbit) Martin is foreshadowing an unattainable theme to his play. He has a great sense of humor by calling it this and is very organized throughout the play, by placing hints all throughout the play, about the message of his play.
Freddy is the bar tender of the Lapin Agile and is set on stage directions. When Einstein walks in, he realizes something was off and he points out later that, “In order of appearance. You’re not third. You’re fourth (11)”. By breaking that third wall between the audience and the play, Martin makes a very humorous act and allows one of his characters to use the play pamphlet to site the location of the casts’ order of appearance. With his successful attempt to achieve humor by breaking the wall between the audience and the actors, Martin can be understood to be triumphant at his attempts to create humor. Then, after Freddy’s citation to the cast in order of appearance, that wall between the actors and audience is set back in place. This is some funny stuff.
When Einstein walked in, he spoke of meeting a woman, but he never told her the place where they were going to meet. This was Einstein’s theory that everything happens as an accident and that if something is bound to happen, it will no matter the place or the time. I happen to disagree with the statement because of the face that the world is big and time passes no matter what we are doing. It’s hard to just run into someone who you want to meet, without having a plan first. People these days are busy and they are not always where we think we are. As the play progresses, Germaine, a waitress and Freddy’s girlfriend, speaks about two pieces of work being of the same value. This is a great point that Martin brings forth in his play. But expressing his feelings about how two pieces of work can be seen as one, it makes me thing of two things that are similar in genera, but different in style. I could only think of music. There are many different love songs out their and they are all pertaining to different kinds of people. But on the other hand, you have many songs that are popular. Is it popularity that is the decision maker in our minds or is it something else? This question is something martin brings forth a lot.
Martin has a way of telling jokes that I have never heard before. When the part comes about the foretelling of the future, Freddy and Germaine predict some futuristic creations that they believe to lay ahead. Germaine makes some precise predictions that have come true, but the people around her make fun of her and tell her that her thoughts are not real. On the other hand, Freddy makes some predictions such as cloths being made of wax and the French being the almighty power of Europe, and he is seen as the sane one. Martin is trying to point out that no matter how crazy the idea, it might come true because Germaine’s theory was seen as a crazy one, yet it came true. It makes me thing of what out future will hold!!! Will there be a possibility of jet...
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