Multi-Cast Art Opens at Houston's Alley Oct. 10

News   Multi-Cast Art Opens at Houston's Alley Oct. 10 Double-casting True West seemed to do well for the Broadway revival of the Sam Shepard play; audiences never knew which of the two brothers Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly would be until arriving at the theatre. The Alley Theatre in Houston, to add a little spice to their production of Yasmina Reza's Art, has six actors rotating among the comedy's three roles.
David Rainey, Paul Hope, Todd Waite, John Tyson, K. Todd Freeman and James Black play in the triple-cast Alley Theatre production of Art.
David Rainey, Paul Hope, Todd Waite, John Tyson, K. Todd Freeman and James Black play in the triple-cast Alley Theatre production of Art. (Photo by Photo by Jim Caldwell)

Double-casting True West seemed to do well for the Broadway revival of the Sam Shepard play; audiences never knew which of the two brothers Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly would be until arriving at the theatre. The Alley Theatre in Houston, to add a little spice to their production of Yasmina Reza's Art, has six actors rotating among the comedy's three roles. Resident company members James Black and new addition K. Todd Freeman (Tony-nominated for The Song of Jacob Zulu) play Marc; Paul Hope and David Rainey are Serge and John Tyson and Todd Waite are Yvan in the production, opening Oct. 10. Black, a fifteen year veteran of the Alley Theatre, recently played on Broadway in Not About Nightingales.

Translated from Yasmina Reza's French by Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), the Tony Award-winning Art traces the destruction and rebuilding of three men's friendship as an expensive piece of art — which looks just like a plain white canvas — comes between them. Serge, who purchases the work, can't understand why his pal Marc is so upset about his new painting, while the wishy-washy Yvan is caught in the fray, torn between his two best friends. Reza is also the author of The Unexpected Man and Life X Three.

Art plays through Nov. 3 on the Large Stage. Tickets are $50-$35. The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue. For reservations, call (713) 228-8421 or (800) 259-ALLE. The Alley Theatre is on the web at http://www.alleytheatre.com.

— By Christine Ehren