Marc: Overly analytical and convinced of his intellectual superiority, Marc dislikes Serge’s painting intensely but is also threatened by his friend’s decision to think for himself—in matters of art, life, and friendship.

Serge: Needing admiration for his artistic taste, Serge purchases a controversial work of modern art.

Yvan: The man in the middle, the agreeable peacemaker, Yvan is usually devoid of real opinion. He doesn’t understand why everyone can’t just get along, and he provides much of the play’s humor.