Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Long Beach Playhouse

Hometown hero Steve Martin first produced Picasso at the Lapin Agile in 1993. The hypothetical meeting of the famous artist and Albert Einstein atop Montmartre’s shadowy steps has become a go-to work for countless American playhouses despite its lack of wild and crazy guys or Inspector Clouseau. This work, one of Martin’s finest, was written without benefit of an arrow through the head but is no less entertaining. Set in the early 1900s, the play is a meditation on the nature of talent and all its trappings—with a time-bending cameo by the King of Rock and Roll and a host of other zany comings and goings. Prepare for laughs but leave your King Tut dance at home.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: March 6. Continues through April 5, 2009