Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for a Floating Lady, WASP Paperback – Aug 7 1997
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Actor-comedian Martin is also an accomplished writer of screenplays, short stories, and now stage plays. The present work is his first full-length play and has enjoyed commercial success in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. It depicts an imaginary meeting of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in 1904 Paris, exploring the impact of art and science on our rapidly changing society. A surprise visit by Elvis adds some satiric commentary from a late-20th-century perspective. Among the other three short plays is Wasp, a stinging look at idealized 1950s suburban life. Though not essential, this is recommended for modern drama collections in larger public and academic libraries.?Howard E. Miller, M.L.S., St. Louis
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"Picasso At The Lapin Agile" brings two geniuses to the Lapin Agile: Picasso and Einstein, both young men in 1904. A clever round of discussion starts from there, with the two great men examining science and the culture around them. There are two one-act plays; the first is "Zig-Zag Woman," which is about an emotionally desperate women whose body is in three pieces and her conversations with three men.
The second one-act is "Patter For the Floating Lady," a surreal bit about a magician levitating his former love. "WASP" is perhaps the most biting, hilarious play of this collection -- a dark satire of the white-bread middle-classes of the 1950s. Martin expertly lampoons the religious, social, and cultural conventions of the WASPs of the time, with a father who doesn't know best, a pair of troublemaking kids, and a homemaker mom who talks with the voices in her head.
Martin's plays are both cynical and silly (he identifies a luxury item as "a thing you have that annoys other people that you have it"), with plenty of humor both dark and light. The two shorter works are the weakest. While "Patter" has some sweet, sad moments, these are too brief and unformed to make as much of an impression.
But "Picasso" and "WASP" are gems. The first is philosophical pondering, lightened with plenty of humor and an Elvis cameo. The second is dark absurdist satire that is more openly goofy.Read more ›
And then there's The Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, and Wasp. No, there's not a stark contrast here -- there are certainly some memorable characters in these pieces. But it's almost like we've been given a glance into early drafts, something Martin planned to make more of in the future that never quite realized their potential. They're cute little throwaway one-acts, that never would've made their way into a book on their own. Thankfully, Picasso at the Lapin Agile is worth the purchase price alone, so you can view these other pices simply as bonus material.
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I really enjoyed reading the play. What made it even better was seeing the play a few months later. I definitely recommend reading the book before it is on stage. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
Steve Martin was never in the Naked Gun movies. You are thinking of a far less skilled actor and comedian, Leslie Neilson. If I were Steve, I'd be offended.Published on June 28 2004 by SP
Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a wonderful play, with a great deal of tongue-in-cheek humor, dry wit, and intelligent riddles. Read morePublished on March 28 2002
picasso has to be the wittiest play i've ever seen performed. Such intelligent humor. The jokes sometimes take awhile to get, but once you get them they're worth it. Read morePublished on March 1 2002
Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a very funny play. The other pieces are good, too, but Picasso is the best of the bunch. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Jeff South
I've never seen any of the plays performed, but I like them so much, I'm getting ready to stage my own take on these plays.Published on Aug. 6 2001 by Joe Lee
I played Gaston (the comic relief) in a college production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" and think that it's one of the wittiest and funniest plays of the last 10... Read morePublished on April 29 2001 by Scott Eckert
I haven't read the other plays yet, but I just finished reading 'Picasso' yesterday. I laughed out loud several times. Read morePublished on March 21 2001 by Andrew Gilmore