Serge (Alex Deroo, left) explains the finer points of art to his best friends Yvan (John Manning, center) and Marc (Christopher DeStefano) in rehearsal for ‘ART’ by Yasmina Reza. (Courtesy photo by Cynthia August).

Three Men and a Painting  

Just the Facts  

  • Castle Hill Productions presents the play ‘ART’ by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton  
  • March 10-26, Thursday/Friday/Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 6pm  
  • The Great House on Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich  
  • Tickets: $28 for Trustees Members/$35 for Nonmembers, available at  

A witty comedy staged in the Great House Ballroom, ‘ART’ explores the relationship between three friends when one of them acquires an expensive piece of modern art. This acclaimed play challenges the idea of value — in art as well as in friends.  

 ‘ART’ is presented without intermission. Run time is approximately 90 minutes.  

 ASL interpretation will be available at the performance on Sunday, March 26 at 6PM.  

 Due to mature themes and language, this play is not recommended for children under 15 years of age.  

 A Little Bit More  

 What if your best friend told you what they really think about the art on your walls? Three friends face this seemingly inconsequential question with life-changing results in ‘ART’, the witty comedy being staged by Castle Hill Productions (CHP).  

While CHP is Ipswich-based — both actor Christopher DeStefano (playing Marc) and director Cynthia August hail from the North Shore town — the group has always drawn additional talent from the greater Boston area and New Hampshire. The cast of ‘ART’ is filled out by Alex Deroo (Serge) from Roslindale and John Manning (Yvan) from Westford.  


  • “Friendships are a vitally important part of our lives,” says CHP artistic director Kristina Grundmann. “This play exposes fault lines in the underlying scaffolding of the characters’ 15-year relationship. And although the events of the show are unique, the questions it raises are not. Why do friends stick together? What would you do to preserve a relationship? And how does a friendship alter our own identity? These are pretty deep questions for a comedy, but that’s why I chose the script.”  
  • “It’s a thoughtful, touching, and funny look at friendships,” says director Cynthia August. “Our cast is extraordinarily talented and doing great work.”  

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