Theater: Art Bums


by Dennis Mclntyre

Amedeo Modigliani died at 35 of tuberculosis and the cumulative ravages of drink and drugs. Amedeo means "beloved of God," but Modigliani died bone poor and with no hint of the acclaim his paintings would posthumously receive. Yet the play at Greenwich Village's Astor Place Theater is full of fun, fire and faith, a boozy tribute to art, love and the strange creative uses of adversity.

Modigliani is a portrait of the artist as a Montparnasse bum, or rather three: Modigliani's companions are his fellow painters and fellow flops—as the 1916 taste...

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