“Art” at Bergen County Players

by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Chistopher Hampton

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, 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 the 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.

Performed by Bergen County Players
At Little Firehouse Theatre
Performances ran
Friday, May 2, 2003 thru Sunday, June 1, 2003
Yvan.... Larry Landsman
Marc.... Larry Kadish
Serge.... Eric Zengota
Directed by Alyson Cohn
Assistant Directed by Marisa Dolkart
Produced by Anita Esteve
Produced by Michele Roth
Costume Design by Michele Blum Has Bio
Lighting Design by Allan J. Seward
Sound Design by Rob DeScherer Has Bio
Stage Managed by Leslie Cohn
Set Designed by Stephen Moldt Has Bio
Set Décor by Rosella DeVincenzo Has Bio
Set Décor by Joan Dietrich
Light Operation by Tim Brosnan
Sound Operation by Frank McDonnell
Make-up by Staci Beth Block
Properties by D. Scott Adams
Properties by Geri Berhain
Properties by Tara Crawley
Properties by Marge Stafford