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Tickets on sale for 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'

Published Wednesday, 17th April 2013

Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" is Theatre TJC's final production of the 2012-13 season.

What if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met as young men and somehow sensed they were about to change the world through their science and art?

That is the premise of Steve Martin’s brainy comedy, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” the final production of Theatre TJC’s 2012-13 season.

Under the direction of Jacob Davis, TJC theater professor, the show runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 24-27, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 28, in Jean Browne Theatre on the Tyler Junior College main campus.

All seats are $5. TJC Box Office hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays throughout the run of the show. For reservations, call the box office at 903-510-2212. Due to a couple of adult themes, the show is rated PG for ages 10 and up.

Martin’s wiggy, adult-oriented comedy is every bit as cerebral and inventively odd as the actor/comedian/writer/banjo-player/Kennedy Center honoree who wrote it.

Set at the start of the 20th century in the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit), a bar in Montmartre, Paris, the play imagines a comical encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, both in their early 20s and fully aware of their amazing potential.

In addition to the two historical figures, the play is also populated with an amusingly incontinent barfly, a gullible-yet-lovable bartender, a wise waitress, and a few surprises that trounce in and out of the Lapin Agile.

The play takes place in one, non-stop scene lasting approximately 90 minutes. There isn’t much plot or conflict; however, there is a satisfying combination of whimsical nonsense and philosophical conversation.

Cast includes: Rebecca Carney, Athens; Jacob Charlebois, Tyler; Trevor Commons, Ferris; Daniel Hinkle, Houston; Braden Socia, Tyler; Stephanie Spencer, Palestine; Jack Ragland, Lindale; Hanro Janse van Rensburg, Kempton Park, South Africa; David Rohde, Flint; and C.C. Weatherly, Whitehouse.

Stage managers/assistant to the director: J.C. Schmidt, Whitehouse; Ivory Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.: and Hannah Johnson, Tyler.

Author: Elise Mullinix

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