‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ brings laughter to audience

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Theories– Pablo Picasso, played by David C. Hernandez, left, and Albert Einstein, played by Karlo Ishibashi, come to the realization that they both examine beauty in the world in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” on Thursday at the P2 upstairs Theater. CN/ Jesus Figueroa

By George Maldonado

East Los Angeles College’s Theatre Arts Department leaves the audience in laughter as it presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin on April 17.

The comedic puns, outrageous references, critical thinking  and love triangles from beginning to end keeps the audience guessing on how things will unfold.

Set in 1904, a group of great minds somehow find themselves discussing what the idea and meaning of beauty truly is.

Pablo Picasso, played by David C. Hernandez, and Albert Einstein, played by Karlo Ishibasi, hysterically demonstrate how viewpoints from even great minds can find themselves at odds.

Comedic styles of  Hernandez begins with him as a famous figure that is known fairly well through the country of France. However, just as popular he is for his art, he is widely known for his charm as being a ladie’s man.

Suzanne, played by Gabriela Maldonado, is one woman that Picasso finds himself infatuated with.

Maldonado doesn’t disappoint. Her performance is full of happiness, open-mindedness and beauty.

Ishibashi  on the other hand uses his intellect to demonstrate that beauty can be seen in his opinion formulas and numbers. His devotion to his work and devotion to others respecting his work greatly identifies his character as a fan favorite.

The play is directed by Tom Atha and Laura Rhi.

The bar setting of this play creates small talk that eventually evolves into viewpoints of incredible thinking. The combination of a regular individual like Freddy to a celebrity like Picasso, brings together a sense of equality.

As the play comes to a close the bar becomes an open field of an exciting and endless opportunities for everyone.

Tickets for ASU students have the price discounted to $8, the cost increases for general audience at $10 and at the door it will cost $12. The play continues this weekend Friday April 24 to Sunday April 26.

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