Art Background

Art Background

Art is a French comedy play by Yasmina Reza. The play has run in London’s West End Wyndham’s Theatre, Broadway at the Royale Theatre and at the Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris, where the play had its premiere on October 28th, 1994. The English version is translated by Christopher Hampton.

The play centers around three friends: Serge, Marc and Yvan. When Serge buys an expensive piece of art for their apartment, Marc is horrified, as he doesn’t believe that the piece indeed is art. The play is untraditional, and is not divided into acts and scenes; it instead has sections. The white painting is always on display during the play.

The French version has received six awards and has been nominated for seven different titles including; winning the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, the 1998 Drama Desk Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Molina), and the November 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. Yasmina Reza is a French actress, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, and Art is one of her best-known works.

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