Theater: Three-Finger Exercise

A trio of friends, a white painting, a pallid play

The center of attention in Art, you won't be surprised to learn, is a work of art: a big, plain, all-white painting that Serge, a well-to-do doctor, has bought for 200,000 francs. His friend Marc, who fancies himself an art buff but hates the modern stuff, is appalled at the purchase and tells him so. Each of them tries to enlist the support of a third friend, Yvan, who has other things on his mind, mainly his approaching wedding. In the brief 90 minutes that French author Yasmina Reza's play takes to unfold, the three will debate modern art, lash out...

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