What’s the story? Well, Einstein, Picasso, a bartender, a waitress, a female fan, a visitor, an inventor, a bar frequenter, a countess and singer that wouldn’t be out of place wearing Blue-Suede Shoes are all gravitating to this bar called Lapin Agile (which actually means ‘Nimble Rabbit’) in Montmartre, Paris, for conversation, romantic rendezvous and a crazy series of conversations.
Now to the colorful cast, I must start with Josh Saleh who plays this ‘innovator’ Schmendiman who does an amazing job of performing as wild and over-the-top as you could imagine with hysterical results. Josh literally jumps at you in full living color with an intense passion of the broad and wild theatre experience you could ever have!
Cleverly well-energized with the essence of Einstein himself, mixed with humor, was Scott Cooper Ryan as the world famous physicist! Scott’s fuzzy hair and charm was extremely funny to watch especially with the chemistry he played against John Tourtellotte's performance of the famous artist Pablo Picasso. John and Scott had some great dialogue and played off the absurdity of the circumstances against each other. They were fast and sharp and full of humor while both seemed to love their repertoire of being both an artist and a physicist and letting their differences shine though.
Other notable performances came from a character called ‘The Singer’ played quite liberally by Tim Portnoy who seemed to channel the ‘King’ himself. Another notable was Picasso’s art dealer played Adam Ferguson who seemed to have more than his clients' paintings on his agenda. Spicy and witty were both the charm and on-stage chemistry of the bartender named Freddy of the Lapin played by Daniel Christopher and his girlfriend and waitress named Germaine played by Amelia Jane Murphy who both had much to say and exchange with their varying guest of the bar.
Now along with his ever-filling bladder, there is an older bar hopper called Gaston who delivers a lot of jabs and jibes to everyone there played sedately yet distinctly by Jacques Freydont. Two females thrown into the mix is the sultry performance of Allison Adams as ‘The Countess’ and her more sedate yet blunt duel performance of the female visitor Suzanne as well!
This play is colorful, bizarre, funny, wild, different, off-the-wall and something that you have to see to believe! Wonderful performances with such eclectic and eccentric group of characters, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is a play that will leave you with lots of somewhat confusing but hysterical memories. Over with soon...Don't miss it. http://nohoartsdistrict.com/index.php/theatre-guide/theatres-in-north-hollywood/noho-arts-center/picasso-at-the-lapin-agile-
Pic 001 BK – A. Adams, S. Cooper Ryan, J. Tourtellotte, D. Christopher, A. Jane Murphy, A. Ferguson FRNT – T. Portnoy, Director T. Statler, J. Freydont & J.Saleh