Three of Seattle's finest - John Procaccino, R. Hamilton Wright and Laurence Ballard - are a trio of friends torn apart by a painting in Yasmina Reza's Art, playing Seattle Repertory's Bagley Wright Theatre March 26-April 28. Kurt Beattie directs. Translated from Reza's French by Christopher Hampton (Les Liasons Dangereuses), 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 in between them. Reza is also the author of The Unexpected Man and Life X Three.
Ballard stars as Serge with Procaccino as Marc and Wright as Yvan. All three actors have numerous Seattle credits. Ballard recently performed in the title role of St. Nicholas at A Contemporary Theatre, a company with whom he has also directed. Procaccino's Broadway credits include Art, An American Daughter and Conversations With My Father. Art is Wright's 41st production with Seattle Rep, the latest on a list that includes Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov and Sam Shepard.
Tickets are $42-$15. Seattle Repertory Theatre is located in the Seattle Center at the corner of Second Avenue and Mercer Street. For reservations, call (206) 443-2222. Seattle Repertory Theatre is on the web at http://www.seattlerep.org.
— By Christine Ehren