How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art?

The LSU Department of Theatre will explore these questions when it opens its Lab Theatre season with Yasmina Reza’s comedy “Art” on Tuesday in the Music and Dramatic Arts Studio Theatre, Dalrymple Drive on campus. The show runs through Oct. 4. Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door.

The story opens when one of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very large, expensive painting. The painting is an all-white surface covered with white diagonal lines.

To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting.

Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships.

At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: “Go on.”

This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.

“Art” won the 1998 Tony award for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

For information, call (225) 578-4174.