‘Art,” a provocative rom-com by Majestic Theatre April 20-22

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From left, Christopher Lockheardt as “Marc,” Matthew Carr as “Serge,” and Mark Morrison as “Ivan.” Photo by A. Robert Dionne

MANCHESTER, NH – How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s about five feet by four feet, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: “Go on.” This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy

“…wildly funny, naughtily provocative…” —NY Post

“Anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should go to ‘ART’.” —Independent (London)

“That such a simple plot can throw up such profound and meaty ideas about the rules that dictate art and friendship is a real treat. Reza and Hampton have an acute ear for the idiocies, trivia and petty assaults that pepper the conversation between friends…The real pleasures come from Reza’s creation of three beautifully defined, original characters…” —The Mail (London)

“ART” will be staged Friday and Saturday April 20 & 21 at 7 p.m,, and on Sunday, April 22 at 2pm. Performances will be held at The Majestic Theatre Studios located at 880 Page Street, Manchester, NHTickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and above, and youth 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the box office at 669-7469, online at www.majestictheatre.net or at the door prior to the performance. The Majestic is a non-profit NH community arts organization. Visit www.majestictheatre.net for more information.

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