Alfredo Narciso (as young Pablo Picasso) takes to the floor with Rachel Botchan in PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, the Steve Martin comedy opening this week at Two River Theater. (Photos by T. Charles Erickson)
By TOM CHESEK
Ever since the invisible curtain went up on its first mainstage production in 2005, the Two River Theater hasn’t been shy about showcasing the stuff of genius be it Shakespeare, Shepard or Shaw; Moliere or Beckett; Noel Coward or Tennessee Williams.
You can add Picasso and Einstein to that Mensa mix but if you do that, you’ll have to make room for Steve Martin too.
Yes, the star of The Man With Two Brains and Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid has a history with the Two River Theater Company, which brought a revival of The Underpants Martin’s springtime-fresh take on a musty old German farce to Red Bank in 2007.
Three years later, TRTC revisits the oeuvre of the Emmy- and Grammy-winning renaissance guy with a new staging of Martin’s all-original play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, previewing tonight and continuing through June 6.