Gaslight presenting ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’


HALLOWELL — The Gaslight Theater will present “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin on Aug. 21-23 and 28-30 at Hallowell City Hall.

George Dunn will direct the play about Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meeting at the Lapin Agile bar in Montmartre, Paris, in 1904. Both are on the verge of amazing ideas: Einstein with his theory of relativity and Picasso with the pivotal painting “Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon.”

The two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics. Bystanders, including Picasso’ agent, the bartender, and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, and Charles Dabernow Schmendimen as an idiot inventor, introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment is a charismatic dark-haired singer time-warped in from another era.

The cast includes John Blanchette of Lewiston as Einstein, Galen Hall of Hallowell as Pablo Picasso, along with Stephen Wallace of Damariscotta, Walter Guild of Farmingdale, Marcia Gallagher of Hallowell, Suzanne Peg Acheson of Gardiner, Mike Clements of West Gardiner, Andy Tolman of Mount Vernon, Nina Tilander of Hallowell and Bill Haley of Hallowell.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22; 2 p.m. Aug. 23; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29; and 2 p.m. Aug. 30.

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is presented through arrangements with Samuel French. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for young students and seniors over 60. For reservations, call 207-626-3698 or make reservations online at


The box office opens at City Hall one hour before curtain time and doors open half an hour before curtain time.