Three longtime friends debate the purchase by one of a hugely expensive painting in Yasmina Reza’s Art. As the friends become increasingly fractious and, eventually, unhinged, they still deliver their one-liners and rueful glances. For although there are a few piquant moments here, this is theatre at a cooler temperature; the kind that lets you keep your emotional distance even as your intellect engages. As a trio, actors Mitchell Hebert, John Lescault and Michael Russotto offer plenty of rapport, comic timing and a pleasurable sense that everyone is in on Reza’s joke and her more earnest wavelengths. For those who love and defend art as much as they enjoy a bit of irreverent ribbing, Art is an evening of provocative fun. To May 21. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets $61 to $75. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.
Read Kate Wingfield’s full Four Star review here.