Tonight, I found myself down in Old Town Petersburg at Sycamore Rouge for a showing of Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin. Yes, that Steve Martin; the one of SNL fame.
With Martin as the writer you automatically expect a knee slapping good time. Director Jeffrey Cole’s cast definitely did not disappoint. When Picasso (Ryan Bechard) makes his entrance covered in his trademark blue paints, you can’t help but be amazed by the attention to detail that costume designer Kate Prothemos gives these characters. This expert costuming was also apparent when Einstein’s red-headed vixen, The Countess, walks into the bar as well as the mysterious Visitor.
Once you see The Visitor, you almost immediately know who he is. If not, Kent Holden has no trouble producing that distinctive accent to have you slapping your face at the revelation. As this is only the start of the Lee Davis High School senior’s career, I expect a promising future for this talent young man.
While I could take you through a point by point review, I really think you deserve to see this play yourself. It’s worth the trip to Petersburg to take in the beautiful space with cocktail seating that also has a full kitchen.
Love him as much as you want, no one wants a painting of Jesus in their living room — Sagot (Kellita A. Wooten)
When will you be there? — Suzanne (Irene Kuykendall); When the play is over. — Picasso
I want to litter the world with beauty — Picasso
Some friends came over and I explained a painting for two hours; they left after the first. — Sagot
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” runs until December 23, 2011 at Sycamore Rouge. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.sycamorerouge.org/. Photos by Brittany Diliberto.
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