"This is not some irrelevant fringe production; it is a major intervention in the cultural debate of the country by people who are keen to keep the reactionary tides running. It is probably the most sustained attack on modernism yet seen on the British stage, and it represents a stern challenge to the brilliant success story of British contemporary art."--"The Guardian ""Not only brings to the stage a topical debate, it makes it invigorating, touching and finally disturbing. This dark comedy, translated from the French, in sparkling form, explores its themes through a rift between friends."-"-Financial Times""A remarkably wise, witty and intelligent comedy . . . has touched a universal nerve."--"The Times""Chic, short, and wickedly, perceptively funny, it's the perfect West End play."--Nick Curtis, "Evening Standard"""Art", which has been translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, is filled from first curtain to ending with a dazzling array of language."--Iris Fanger, "Christian Science Monitor""It's an actor's dream, a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts that sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne. Brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton, . . . "Art "takes that yawny old bore, the play of ideas, and jolts it to life."--Jack Kroll, "Newsweek "
About the Author
Yasmina Reza is a French playwright and novelist, based in Paris, whose works have all been multi-award-winning, critical and popular international successes. Her plays, Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, Art, The Unexpected Man, Life x 3, A Spanish Play
and The God of Carnage
have been produced worldwide and translated into thirty-five languages. Novels include Hammerklavier
, Une Desolation, Adam Haberberg, Dans la Luge d'Arther Schopenhauer, Nulle Part
and L'Aube le Soir ou la Nuit
. Film includes Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz
directed by Didier Martiny.
Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother?
at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist
, Tales from Hollywood
, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
, White Chameleon
and The Talking Cure
. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art
and Life x 3
). His television work includes adaptations of The History Man
and Hotel du Lac
. His screenplays include The Honorary Consul
, The Good Father, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse
, The Quiet American, Carrington, The Secret Agent
and Imagining Argentina,
the last three of which he also directed, and A Dangerous Method
, based on his play The Talking Cure. Appomattox
was first presented on the McGuire Proscenium Stage of the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, USA, in September 2012 as the centrepiece of a major retrospective of his plays and films.