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A comedic exploration of artistic appreciation and friendship

ARTBy Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Todd Olson & Michael Edwards

Previews August 7 and 8
Opens Friday, August 9
Closes Sunday, September 8

CLICK HERE for specific show times for MY NAME IS ASHER LEV and ART.

PLEASE NOTE: We will have two productions running simultaneously as ART opens on August 7, before the close of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV on August 25. Some dates and times will vary from our normal calendar run, so visit the link above for a full schedule of performances.

Special Performances:

“Pay What You Can” Night
Sunday 8/11 @ 8pm

Tuesday Shows
8/13 @ 8pm

Wednesday Matinee
8/14 @ 3pm

Twilight Shows
8/11 & 8/17 @ 5pm


Read the Previews - Click Below:

Tampa Bay Times Preview by Lennie Bennett
The Tampa Tribune Preview by Walt Belcher
Sarasota Herald Tribune Preview by Jay Handelman

Read the Reviews - Click Below:

"Witty…hilarious lines delivered at crackling speed…artful and sweet…[Ricky] Wayne's Marc has some of the best lines and delivers them with nuanced gestures and facial expressions. He makes popping homeopathic pills an art form…Marc has the first and last words of ART, and they are near perfect...Slender ART may be, but lightweight it isn't." - Lennie Bennett, Tampa Bay Times

"A rollicking comedy…this witty entertainment now at American Stage is best described as a comedy of insecurities…the punch lines are built into this award-winning script by Yazmina Reza [and] the climax of the play is as satisfying as it is unexpected…Hawk and Wayne effectively hold their own as Serge and Marc, but it is Shea who glues the show together in a bravura performance…the bawling, sprawling Yvan is the most colorful personality here." - Joanne Milani, The Tampa Tribune

"A romp…'ART' Pokes Fun at Cultural Hubris…the brilliant Brian Shea as lovable misfit…The show is directed by Michael Edwards and Todd Olson, and the two have a ball with Reza’s comically hubris-filled soliloquies, dressing them up with spotlights and somber piano for maximum effect." - Gina Vivinetto,

"Some of the best comic writing on the contemporary stage…Reza has the power to provoke some great big belly laughs…Art should really be titled Friendship, since that’s its true subject from first moment to last. The play is something else too: a spectacular opportunity for local talents Brian Shea, Ricky Wayne and Gavin Hawk to show their chops as comic actors for 85 uninterrupted minutes…[Gavin] Hawk is delightful…[Ricky] Wayne is crackerjack…And then there’s the extraordinary [Brian] Shea…See it for the three top comics who make it shine. These guys have a ball working with one another, and it shows." - Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing

What the patrons are saying:

"I saw this last night. It was hilarious and it makes you think about the nature of friendship. And the acting was superb."

"This play is a must-see! I couldn’t stop laughing…"

"Perfectly cast, loved the script; very funny with great touching moments and great direction."

"We are in love with the American Stage Venue!!! We loved both MY NAME IS ASHER LEV and ART !!! Fantastic plays as well as talent!"

Winner of the Tony Award for “Best Play”

Winner of the Olivier Award for “Best Comedy”

“ART belongs to a tradition that once flourished on Broadway but is seldom represented there these days: the sleek, pleasant comedy of manners with an intellectual veneer that allows audiences to relax at the theater.” -NY Times

An actor’s dream: a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts that sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne…ART sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen.” -Newsweek

"Anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should go to ART." -London Independent

"A classic comedy, period." -London Times

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. This intelligent and witty Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza asks the question, “What does our taste in art say about who we are as individuals?” When Serge, a novice art collector, asks his two friends to view his newly acquired work of art, this “priceless” piece tests their fifteen-year friendship and causes them to validate their self-worth.

Mature subject matter and language.

Ricky Wayne* -- Marc
Gavin Hawk* -- Serge
Brian Shea -- Yvan

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Duncan McClellan personally selected 24 fine art pieces from the Duncan McClellan Gallery that are part of the stage design for ART. Each art piece will be available for sale including one piece designated for an opportunity drawing. Proceeds from this catalogue will benefit the DMG School Project and American Stage. Click here or on the banner above for more information.

2014-2015 Season -
Mainstage Ticket Prices and Performance Times:

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm. 
Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 3pm

2014-2015 Performance Pricing:
$29 Thursday Previews
$39 Wednesday, Thursday Evenings and Saturday and Sunday Matinees
$49 Friday and Saturday Evenings
$59 Opening Night - includes pre-performance reception

Additional Information
Student Advance tickets are $20. 
Student Rush tickets are $10, 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Senior (adults age 65 and up) and Retired Military Discount - Receive $2 off single tickets.
Artist Discount - Tickets are $20
Active military tickets are FREE with valid I.D. 20% off additional tickets
for friends and family.

To receive one of the above discounts, you must go through our box office. Valid I.D. must be presented to our box office. Only one discount can be used per ticket.
Please contact the box office for further details or questions.

We want to fill our house!
In the event that you are unable to use your tickets, please call our box office 24 hours in advance of scheduled performance. You can exchange your tickets for another performance of the same production. Thank you in advance for your communication so that we can allow as many people as possible to enjoy the show.

American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre,
163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

For tickets, please call the American Stage Box Office at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or

Services and Facilities
Physical Accessibility: The theatre features
accessible parking, entrances, restrooms, and seating.
Benefits of a Valid Disabled Parking Permit: Displaying your valid disabled parking permit will allow you to park at City metered spaces for FREE, for as long as your event requires, including those posted with time limit signs (green signs).

Please note: this does not apply to loading zones
or otherwise restricted parking signage (red signs).

Listening System:
Theatregoers may enjoy the
free infrared listening system from any seat.

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