Reviews of

A PICASSO


“Artful, remarkable and genuinely dramatic, with impressive sensitivity and wit.”
NY Daily News

“Sex, art, Nazis, and a classy twentieth-century icon, all wrapped up like a tasty cultural burrito. Expertly done.”
Star-Ledger

“… a fascinating game of verbal cat-and-mouse…. Through quick,   witty banter Jeffrey Hatcher’s script explores an easily-overlooked but highly significant aspect of the Nazi regime (ie their accrual of a huge collection of artwork), which opens up a captivating examination of the interplay between art, politics, war and sex…. a succession of plot twists render the payout eminently satisfying.”
VUEWeekly

“A polished production with carefully sprung surprises.”
NY Times

“An exceptionally sharp piece of writing coming soon, no doubt, to a theater near you.”
NY Sun

“An intense confrontational drama.”

Miami Herald

“Jeffrey Hatcher’s nifty A Picasso … is a sort of heady cousin to Casablanca and a fine date night for grown-ups….One of the pleasures of A Picasso is that, as always, Hatcher is a master of clever dialogue. He sets up the battleground and Picasso and [Miss] Fischer spend the better part of 85 intermission-less minutes verbally dueling….They jab at each other over art and politics with an intelligence that would sit well on the lips of Tracy and Hepburn or Powell and Loy…. taut and provocative”
Cincinnati Enquirer

“an interesting project… and…a theatre piece well worth seeing”
CurtainUp

“an intriguing story that pits duty versus desire as Fischer, a strong, ambitious woman, and Picasso, an inveterate womanizer, take turns holding each other in thrall.”
The Huffington Post

“Set in Paris, 1941, A Picasso, is an hour and seven minute interchange between the 61 year old painter and an attractive female German agent in a vault beneath the city. Just the two of them engaged in a verbal tango. No extra steps, few unnecessary words, each alternately seductive and menacing. It is spare, clean, witty and biting….The sense of menace and the sexual charge are palpable…. A tightly written piece packing so much in barely an hour’s time, A Picasso, deserves the best….”
CultureVulture.net

“This is a play about war and art and conscience, a play about the value of art to the artist and to the world at large…. go see A Picasso.”
myvanwy.tripod.com

“provocative…. Hatcher’s dialogue is full of humor, passion, and insight…. The events depicted in A Picasso may not have actually occurred, but Hatcher makes them so compelling that you may feel they did.”
TheaterMania

“an entertaining (if, at 75 minutes, brief) evening. Hatcher’s plot is a good device to get an artist talking about his work, both for the imagined self-interpretation from the master and for the reminder of the crime against nature that is committed when artists are forced to justify their creativity.”
blogcritics

“the one-act A Picasso has a lot of humor – not a surprise for a Hatcher play…. an interesting and plausible “what if.”

Talkin’ Broadway

“Seeing two wily, highly intelligent people try and outfox each other is piquant, especially so when one of them is Picasso. Hatcher’s writing is superb. By way of example, when Fischer points out that the Fuhrer is also an artist, Picasso retorts with “yes, but he has trouble with the borders”. What writer wouldn’t like to claim such a line as his or her own?”
crikey.com

“[a] carefully constructed, well-balanced, verbal duel ….Hatcher doesn’t merely entertain us with a battle of wits and words. He pits two strong personalities against each other – a fearless, bon vivant artist and threatening agent of the Third Reich. They’re wary adversaries who are staunchly resistant and determined to win…. [an] emotional nail-biter that satisfyingly ends with a wry surprise….”
The Theatre Mirror

“A compelling portrait of painter and provocateur, exploring the boundaries between art and ego…. The tension is immediate in A Picasso,… a brilliant pas de deux between art and politics, power and submission…. provocative… sparking dialogue”
The Vienna Review

“Sex, Art, Politics, Nazis, and a classy 20th century icon are all wrapped up into an intense, confrontational drama with sensitivity and wit.”
BroadwayWorld.com

“A Picasso is a show that you won’t want to miss. It offers some comedic moments, but is firmly grounded in dramatic dialogue that is music to any wordsmith’s ears.”
PagosaDailyPost.com

“The 70-minute show is like watching a two-person somersault — an ever-shifting power struggle between an art aficionado on the bad side of history and an artist who sometimes speaks in third person and believes a harsh critique of his work is an aphrodisiac…. A Picasso is a show worth seeing for its talking points on art and censorship and its portraits of Picasso’s past. It has a surprising amount of humor for a show set during Germany’s occupation of Paris. Matisse, consider yourself dissed.”
Duluth News Tribune

“well-written…. By the time A Picasso reaches its sneaky climax, you will feel as if you have time-travelled back to war torn Paris too…. Four stars”
Calgary Herald

“In “A Picasso,” playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has much to say about artistic repression in a time of political fanaticism, and he makes his point not by grinding an ax, but by wielding a carefully concealed stiletto….[W]hat eventually emerges is an impassioned dialectic about the dangers of compromise and the ethnical nature of art. An ardently apolitical man, Picasso combated the Nazi scourge not through propaganda, but by remaining true to his artistic mandate. His art — and Hatcher’s timely play — shed light on a dark and deadly period.”
Los Angeles Times

“a skilful cat-and-mouse encounter, with cunningly inserted revelations, judicious quantities of biographical information — and stakes…. highly entertaining”
Edmonton Journal

“Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s drama artfully combines a threatening atmosphere with a charged debate on art and politics…. vivid and compelling….[The] theme is that works of art are about far more than their mere physicality:  What they symbolize and the philosophy that undercuts them are as potent as their image.  At the same time, the play possesses a chilling subtext that artists are ultimately objects themselves to be manipulated by the state….”
Stage Raw

“This play … calls into question one single item of conflict: the value we place on ourselves and the rights of others to determine that value…. This is a remarkable work of art.”
Berkshire Bright Focus

“A Picasso earns an A+…. It isn’t easy to surprise this sometimes jaded theatre veteran.Yet last night I had the pleasure to be amidst an audience that sat in stunned silence at the close of a preview performance at Salem Theatre Company. Literally, no one moved! Then ever so slowly we turned to look at each shaking our heads in disbelief.”
TripAdviser

“an intense psychological struggle between two strong and implacable characters….The argument over the role of art in the face of political evil, is woven into a seductive dance between a notorious womanizer and a confident woman. Hatcher is a skilled playwright…. an excellent piece of serious theater that deserves a good audience.”
The Newtown Bee

“this fast paced two hander is a fascinating 90 minute dialogue between the man we know of as the 20th century’s most famous artist and his Nazi interrogator, a woman…. Hatcher’s play is laden [with] verbal zingers…. the quips come at a furious pace….a fascinating exchange on ownership of art, its political dimensions, power and authenticity among other themes.  All is executed with wit and verve….”
StageMilk

“…an exciting, edgy, anxiety-producing, sometimes humorous work…. Hatcher’s dialogue is crisp and intelligent….fine-tuned theatre at its best”
Gilroy Dispatch

“great fun for an evening in the theatre”
Alberta Online News

“a play about art, politics and desire in which the mind game is the thing…. a sexy game of cat and mouse between the famously philandering artist and a woman who holds all the cards….Certainly the play’s probing insights into the tug of war between artists and the state resonate as loudly today as they did during World War II. The constantly shifting balance of power between man and woman, interrogator and detainee, has a magnetism all its own. The fluidity of authority here gives the play its zing. “Picasso” … is a genuine pleasure to watch onstage.”
San Jose Mercury News