Opened: March 1, 1998
Closing: August 08, 1999

Art - 1998 - Broadway History , Info & More

Royale Theatre
242 W. 45th St. New York, NY 10036

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: "Go on." This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.

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Art has had 3 productions including Broadway which opened in 1998, Broadway which opened in 1998 and West End which opened in 2016.
Art has been nominated for several awards. It was nominated for Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Yasmina Reza, the playwright, was also nominated for Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards. In addition, Alan Alda and Victor Garber received Special Awards at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for their performances in Art.
Art has won several awards, including Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. It has also received Outstanding Play awards at the Drama Desk Awards for Yasmina Reza. Additionally, Art has been honored with Special Awards at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for both Alan Alda and Victor Garber.



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