by Yasmina Reza. (Soulpepper Theatre). Friendships are tested when a man’s friends react to his purchase of an expensive painting. Previews from Aug 9, opens Aug 15 and runs to Sep 7, see website for times. $38-$98.
Rezas 25-year-old acclaimed play about how a group of Parisian male friends come to blows when one of them purchases a white-on-white painting for a large sum is still witty and fast-moving. Director Philip Akin gives it a handsome staging befitting the title, and the cast especially Oliver Denniss skeptical engineer Marc is fine. But much of the play feels like upper-middle-class flim-flam.
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Location - Young Centre for the Performing Arts