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4th Street Theater presents 'ART, a comedy' March 13-29

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Art is everywhere. It speaks to us, it moves us, it annoys us, it disturbs us, it makes us smile or us sad. We observe it, we judge it, we love it or hate it, or are indifferent. We take pictures of it, we buy it, we create it. Itís a part of our every day world in many forms. Itís a form of expression used to make us feel, buy, look, love, hate, and it infiltrates our personal space. And, yes, it generates conversation.

Written by Yasmina Reza, with translation by Christopher Hampton, ART, winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and winner of Londonís 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, will be presented at the 4th Street Theater, March 13 through March 29.

When ART premiered in Paris in 1996, few would have predicted that the seemingly simple play would be so popular and so wide-reaching. ART centers on the friendship between three men. When one of them buys a painting that is an entirely white canvas, it causes a rift in the group. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships.

A play about art, male friendship, and the nature of truth and honesty, the story of ART endures because it makes us examine the things that make friendship flourish. This play makes us look at how our preferences in art, music, clothing, and in stories give us both common interest and common division. Can we truly be friends with someone on the opposite side? This is a timely question for all ages, but especially important in our current social and political climate.

The New York Post called it ď...wildly funny, naughtily provocative"; Newsweek wrote ďReza is a fiendishly clever writer. . .ART sounds like a marriage of MoliŹre and Woody Allen…"

4th Streetís production features Dean Perrine (Marc) of Chesterton, Alexander Bonner (Serge) of Michigan City and Grant Fitch (Yvan) of Dyer. The play is directed by Stanlee Hodsden of Portage. Kevin Doler of Chesterton designed the set and Angela Heid of Kingsford Heights designed the lighting.

Performances are March 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2020.

Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. All others are at 8 p.m. Admission is $20.

Call for reservations 219-926-7875, or go online at


Posted 3/10/2020




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