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"Charming play on the value of art and friendship"
A very enjoyable L.A. Theatreworks prodution of the Reza/Hampton play ART. The play is really just a one-acter, but it's well worth a listen (or two) for all that. I especially enjoyed Brian Cox's measured and sly performance. One complaint--for some reason, L.A. Theatreworks broke Act 1 and Act 2 with an interview with Christopher Hampton. I enjoyed the interview, but why on earth did they put it in the MIDDLE of the production? Its placement was a poor decision, which broke of the continuity of the play, in my opinion. However, ART is a most interesting download for any lover of contemporary theatre. BTW, Reza and Hampton also collaborated on this year's Tony-winning "God of Carnage," a much inferior play to ART, which depends largely on a theatrical gimmick for its popularity. (I saw it in April 2009 on B'way.) However, if you are interested in "God of Carnage," you should certainly try ART first.
"3 Men + 1 White Canvas = Big TROUBLE"
This is a wild ride of a play, ideal for making two hours fly by whether you are on the road or doing housework. Nothing is lost here from stage to audiobook, as the action resides almost exclusively in the dialogue. (Since the "Art" in question is a plain white canvas, even that need not be seen to be fully appreciated.) Reza's masterpiece of a play skewers notions of friendship, art, culture, intellectual criticism, and what constitutes true value, all in one incredibly enjoyable, wickedly funny, sharp and fast-paced interlude. Bob Balaban is perfectly cast as Serge, Brian Cox seethes as furious powder keg Mark, and Jeff Perry unexpectedly nearly runs away with the play as mild-mannered, stressed-to-the-max Ivan, whose lengthy monologue/rant about the debacle surrounding the printed invitations to his upcoming wedding nearly brings down the house.
This recording would deserve 5 stars across the board except for the incredibly bad decision by L.A. TheatreWorks to place AN INTERVIEW WITH THE TRANSLATOR in between Act One and Act Two!
"Save Your Money - Save Your Time"
If you REALLY like stories, simply because the characters are gay, you might enjoy this book. However if you expect a story, with wit, wisdom, or information, then you are wasting your time.
"Laugh out loud look at friendship"
The performances are perfect, the story a delight. I didn't expect to laugh so much and so hard.
"A play about a painting that works as an audiobook"
This audiobook is all about a piece of art. One man bought it and his two friends (and the purchaser himself) talk about it. And argue about it. And each other. It's a brilliant commentary on modern art, art culture and consumption. The actors are well cast, creating fully founded characters to life with flair and skill. Their monologues carry the action along without being annoying or distracting. Buy this audiobook for some sophisticated (and some unsophistcated) laughs about art and modern culture.
"Makes you laugh and think at the same time."
I listen to this play frequently, it makes me laugh each time. Great for stressed times.
The actors are amazing, and in the original play they change roles frequently, so you never no if this combination is the best of all...
"Wonderful Words for Men to hear"
Having seen ART produced in both London and New York, I was excited to find the play on Audible. The three characters in the play are wonderfully played by these actors and I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice on two consecutive days. Yasmina Reza has captured the feelings men have for each other in a way no other author has. She helps us explore, topics like, marriage, children, friendships, truth and of course ART. I loved this!
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