Yasmina Reza’s Art is the rare comedy that examines the interplay between three male friends, inner dialogue and all. It’s also a perfect vehicle for a small cast in an intimate setting like the Delta King Theatre, where it plays for the next six weeks.
Although the play originally was set in Paris, director Stephanie Gularte gives this production a New York sensibility. An über-modern red-and-chrome set and cool jazz interludes complement Seinfeld-esque line deliveries and nonstop sharp repartees. It’s a short piece, at 90 minutes, but anything longer would feel forced.
Cast as the three fighting friends are the formidable talents of Williams, Taylor and Miniaci, who synchronize lines and deliveries like a well-oiled comedy machine. Miniaci lays on the Woody Allen-isms too thick in the beginning, but he eventually eases into his own comical, bumbling character. Taylor is priceless in his sneering snobbery, and Williams is a bundle of funny, nervous neediness.