Art, Yasmina Reza’s play about three friends and a white painting became a global phenomenon soon after its opening in Paris and received numerous Awards. Twenty years ago, Christopher Hampton’s translation of Reza’s comedy won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Serge has bought a modern painting for a large sum of money. The canvas is white, with a few white lines and seems to be highly valued among modern art experts. Serge is completely and utterly enthralled by it. But when he proudly presents this valuable acquisition to his long time friend Marc, the latter is flabbergasted – and not in the way Serge expected. Yvan, the third party of the trio, refuses to take a position as he’s already burdened by the chaos of his wedding arrangements. The ensuing, somewhat hilarious, conflict threatens to break up a 15 year old friendship as the argument expands not only into the fields of art, humour, philosophy and psychology but also touches on the essential self-perception of the three men.
A remarkably wise, witty and intelligent comedy . . . has touched a universal nerve. –The Times
Vienna’s English Theatre is the oldest and most established English-language theatre in continental Europe. It was founded in 1963 by the Austrian director Franz Schafranek and his American wife, Ruth Brinkmann, an actress and graduate of the Yale University School of Drama. Originally intended as a summer theatre for English-speaking tourists, it won immediate acceptance by the Viennese public and extended its initial season to offer a year-round programme. After opening in a 99-seat playhouse in the Erzherzog Karl Palace in central Vienna, the theatre moved several times over the next ten years to accommodate its growing audience. During this time, most of the productions were directed by Franz Schafranek while Ruth Brinkmann demonstrated her acting talent and versatility in numerous roles. By 1974 the theatre had established itself as a valued cultural institution, and gained the support of the City of Vienna in finding its permanent home in the Josefsgasse.