Center Repertory Company presents Art

Acclaimed comedy, opening April 1 at the Lesher Center, explores issues of art and friendship.

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What characteristics define great art? For that matter, what qualities make for a great friendship? These questions are addressed in Center REP’s spectacularly sharp comedy, Art, coming to the Lesher Center in April. The play focuses on Serge, Marc, and Yvan, three close friends and art lovers, whose relationships are challenged when Serge proudly purchases a very “modern” piece—a blank white canvas.

Art, written by acclaimed French actress, novelist, and playwright Yasmina Reza, debuted in Paris in 1994, with the English-language version opening in London two years later. The play came to Broadway in 1998, featuring Alan Alda, Victor Garber, and Alfred Molina as the three friends, and received the Tony Award for best play.

Center REP Artistic Director Michael Butler will direct this new version, which opens at the Lesher Center, appropriately enough, on April Fools’ Day.


When: April 1–30     Where: Margaret Lesher Theatre     Info: (925) 943-SHOW (7469), or