Bay Area Stage: ‘Art’ a wonderful post-modern comedy

    Northside's production of Art is a sly, inspired piece of accessible entertainment that never succumbs to the weight of its own profundity.

    Downtown San Jose
    In Review

    Art

    4 out of 5 stars
    4 out of 5 stars - 'Smashing'
    Northside Theatre Company
    Directed by Angie Higgins
    Written by Yasmina Reza
    February 9, 2012, thru March 4, 2012
    Olinder Theatre
    www.northsidetheatre.com
    Review by

    Downtown San Jose

    Short-take of Art, now playing at Northside Theatre, downtown San Jose.

    This wonderful production of Yasmina Reza’s perceptive, Tony Award-winning post-modern comedy on the nature of friendship is beautifully realized by all concerned.

    Director Angie Higgins’ smart, brisk staging is given full effect by the pitch-perfect timing of the estimable trio of talented actors who exemplify masculine heterogeneity and bonding among the bourgeoisie. (John Rutski, Tom Shamrell, and Christian Pizzirani)

    The monochromatic, alabaster set design (Richard T. Orlando) provides a contrasting  (and very fitting) backdrop that successfully underscores the emotional, albeit often hilarious, pyrotechnics that ensue.

    Northside’s production of Art is a sly, inspired piece of accessible entertainment that never succumbs to the weight of its own profundity. Highly recommended.

    San Francisco Bay Area Film and TheaterArt

    4 out of 5 stars (Smashing)

    Northside Theatre Company
    Directed by Angie Higgins
    Olinder Theatre
    February 9, 2012, thru March 4, 2012
    Written by Yasmina Reza

    www.northsidetheatre.com

     

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    Despite living in the South Bay, Greg’s heart remains in his hometown of San Francisco. When he’s not spending time attending local theatre, art exhibitions or the cinema, he practices law in San Jose. He likes to think of himself not as a “critic” but as an unabashed fan of the performing arts with an opinion that, he hopes, is worth sharing. His reviews can also be read at bayareacritic-at-large.blogspot.com which covers theatre venues throughout the Bay Area.