The Boston Globe’s Don Aucoin reviews “Art,” directed by assistant professor of theatre, Antonio Ocampo-Guzman. Aucoin writes:
As in his superb 2010 New Rep production of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” which starred Pemberton and Anne Gottlieb, Ocampo-Guzman builds an increasingly claustrophobic atmosphere – a sense that the stage is shrinking and there’s nowhere to hide – as the tensions rise in “Art.”
All three performances are strong. Lockwood gives Yvan an amusingly hangdog demeanor, but brings a note of real desperation to a scene in which Yvan rebels at the constraints of his role as comic sidekick, and of his life. Pemberton calibrates his portrayal of Marc in a way that keeps us guessing as to how much of Marc’s animosity toward the painting stems from genuine contempt for the work and how much derives from his resentment of Serge’s newfound independence of mind.
In Walsh’s carefully balanced portrayal, Serge does not seem an absurd figure; the object of Serge’s ardor may be dubious, but the ardor is utterly genuine. Serge’s finest moments, though, come not when he is passionately defending the painting, but during a pair of scenes – one comic, one dramatic – that are, fittingly enough in a play where sometimes words get in the way, silent.