By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Virginia Drake

Sept. 18-Oct. 19, 2014
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. (No matinee Sept. 21.)
Tickets: $17-$32. Discounts for seniors and students/educators. Buy online and pay no fees! ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.)

Thursday, Sept. 18: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, Sept. 19: Preview Night ($17).
Saturday, Sept. 20: Opening Night celebration: $35 general, $30 seniors, $19 students/educators.
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Marc (Kit Wilder), Serge (Jeffrey Bracco), and Yvan (Max Tachis) in "Art." All photos by Mike Ko /
Marc (Kit Wilder), Serge (Jeffrey Bracco), and Yvan (Max Tachis) in “Art.” All photos by Mike Ko /


What would you pay for a white painting? An all-white painting? With gut-busting hilarity and biting poignancy, Art tells the story of three men whose years-long friendship is put to the test when one buys an all-white painting by a trendy artist at an exorbitant price. As Serge (Jeffrey Bracco), Marc (Kit Wilder), and Yvan (Max Tachis) square off over the canvas, lines are drawn, sides are taken, and the bonds that tie each man to the others are stretched to the breaking point. Only a pointed act of self-sacrifice can save a friendship from destruction — proving that there is, indeed, a limit to what one might pay for “art.” Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.

Why you should see Art

Because you’ve never understood the appeal of abstract art.
Because your entire house is covered with abstract art.
Because God of Carnage was amazing, and you’re dying to see another Yasmina Reza play.
Because Art won the Tony for Best Play in 1998.
Because it’s a witty, hilarious, and very French musing on art and friendship.

What people are saying

“In the City Lights production of Art I was truly and firmly riveted. The show is captivating in the hands of three actors of wide experience, practiced stage speakers of great skill who, under the brisk, nuanced direction of Virginia Drake, flesh out a lean script that gives only minimal stage direction, with telling moments and hilarious business developed, honed and burnished to perfection.”  –Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

“These are three superb actors on their game, playing off each other in impressive counterpoint, demonstrating precise jockeying for Alpha dog.” -Jeanie K. Smith, Talkin’ Broadway

“A definite must-see … with actors who bring humor and charisma to every scene.”  -Kristen Wirtz, Spartan Daily

“I have been awed by Max Tachis’ talent since I saw him starring in Renegade Theatre’s 9 Circles. … He is an amazing local talent we are all very lucky to have.” -Cynthia Corral, San Jose Metblogs

“Fabulous show! Love the script anyway, but these three actors nailed the nuances of their characters. LOL funny.”  -Ed Sengstack on Facebook

“It was a great evening. Get your tickets for ART ASAP!”  -Steve Lambert on Facebook

“The Yasmina Reza comedy … deals with friendship, contemporary art collecting and the limits of both. During the monthlong run, City Lights will turn one of its theater walls into a gallery showcasing reproductions of artwork from the San Jose ICA’s upcoming Art Auction exhibition — a real case of art imitating life imitating art.”  -Sal Pizarro, San Jose Mercury News

“It’s a deliciously interesting story and I totally recommend!”  -Yuliya Eydelnant on Facebook
Serge (Jeffrey Bracco) and Yvan (Max Tachis) check out the all-white painting in “Art.”

Dramaturg’s guide

Want to know why Yasmina Reza wrote Art? What’s the most famous all-white painting in history? Read our dramaturg’s guide to the play (948K PDF).

Special events

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art will host a talkback on art collecting after the matinee on Sunday, Oct. 5. The ICA is our nonprofit partner for the production.

Thursday, Oct. 2, is Teacher Appreciation Night at the theater! Join us for Art, special refreshments after the show, and $15 tickets for educators (use the promo code “Antrios”).

The City Lights theater is wheelchair-accessible. Secured parking is available on most nights for $5 at Notre Dame High School across the street from the theater. Call 408-295-4200 to check parking availability for your performance.

Serge (Jeffrey Bracco), Yvan (Max Tachis), and the canvas that starts it all.
Serge (Jeffrey Bracco), Yvan (Max Tachis), and the canvas that starts it all.