Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - Art,

When Marc buys an ex­pen­sive, mod­ern, all-white paint­ing, his friend Serge judges it as ridicu­lous. They at­tempt to grap­ple with their dif­fer­ing views, ask­ing what art is, if it’s in the eye of the be­holder, where crit­i­cal stan­dards come from, and whether stan­dards mean any­thing if mone­tary value stands in for more fun­da­men­tal ideals. The en­su­ing ar­gu­ment gets pro­gres­sively inane and per­son­ally vi­cious, threat­en­ing to rend the fab­ric of their 15-year ca­ma­raderie. At­tempts by a third man, Ivan, to pla­cate them only make things worse. Yas­mina Reza’s now-classic 90-minute play about aesthetics and friend­ship, opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, July 21, as a pro­duc­tion of the New Mex­ico Ac­tors Lab at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dios (3205-B Calle Marie, 505-424-1601), star­ring Robert Nott, Jonathan Richards, and Ni­cholas Bal­las, di­rected by Robert Benedetti. Ad­di­tional per­for­mances are Thurs­days, Fri­days, and Satur­days at 7:30 p.m., and Sun­days at 2 p.m., through Aug. 7. Tick­ets, $20 with dis­counts avail­able, can be pur­chased at www.brown­pa­pertick­ — Jen­nifer Levin

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