Theater: Is that a real Picasso?

Saturday, January 19

The setting is German-occupied Paris, 1941, a little more than a year after the city's fall. A white-haired man cools his heels in an underground bunker/storage vault, where he's been summoned by the Nazis for reasons that are as yet unknown. Enter an attractive, smartly dressed woman with an air of authority and a no-nonsense manner. Miss Fischer is a representative of the German cultural ministry and she has detained the man, who is none other than Pablo Picasso, because she must figure out whether or not three paintings that were commandeered from their Jewish owners are authentic Picassos or reproductions. And while it seems a simple matter of an artist validating his own work, the truth, once revealed, prompts a fiery battle of words and wits as the aging artist desperately attempts to preserve what he deems most sacred. Jeffrey Hatcher's 90-minute two-actor drama, A Picasso, is co-produced locally by Stageworks and Gorilla theaters. Through Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Ave. #D, Tampa, $20-$25 general/$15-$20 seniors and students ($10 student rush tickets available 30 minutes before curtain), 813-879-2914, gorilla-theatre.com.

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