Friday, April 25, 2008

A Play on "Art"

Three guys who have been friends for years. One abstract painting, bought by one of the three, which sets off a chain of emotional events. Questions about what constitutes "good" art. But, under that, questions about the depths of relationships, and how they play out when secret feelings are revealed.

A brief description of a play we saw tonight, "Art" (by Yasmina Reza), which was performed at the Boise Art Museum (the first time I can recall a play being performed at the museum).

The play is funny, yet intensely serious as it examines what holds friendships together – and can break them apart. Expertly acted by Richard Klautsch, Phil Atlakson, and Gordon Reinhart, and creatively directed by Lynn Allison, the play presents us with characters we’ve all met before (or could be parts of ourselves): Serge, fan of the modern and a seeker of the next cool trend (the one who buys the painting); Marc, a dogmatist who favors the traditional (he hates the painting); and Yvan, the "pleaser" and peace-maker, who is caught in the middle.
We came away very thoughtful and enriched by the experience. And hope there will be more plays performed at the museum. "Art" runs through the April 26th.


I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.
-Mark Rothko

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
-Tennessee Williams

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

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