Art

  • by Yasmina Reza, Christopher Hampton
  • Narrated by Bob Balaban, Brian Cox, Brian Perry
  • 1 hrs and 49 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

How much would you pay for a painting with nothing on it? Would it be art? Marc's best friend Serge has just bought a very expensive - and very white - painting. To Marc, the painting is a joke, and as battle lines are drawn, old friends use it to settle scores. A Tony Award winner for Best Play and an Olivier Award winner for Best Comedy.

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What the Critics Say

"A nonstop cross-fire of crackling language [and] serious issues of life and art...sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen." (Newsweek)

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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!
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- Gretchen SLP "I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!"

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.
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- Gwynne O'Reagan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2009
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works