Thursday, January 12, 2012

John Logan's RED: a play about Mark Rothko Reviewed

In my fifth outing as a reviewer for The Arts Fuse I review SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of John Logan's Red a two-hander about Mark Rothko during the 1950s when he was working on his mural commission for the Four Seasons restaurant at the Seagram Building in Midtown Manhattan. Directed by David R. Gammons, and featuring Thomas Derrah and Karl Baker Olsen.

...[T]ragedy does not sit well with commerce: Rothko enjoys his fame and commissions but despises the capitalists who pay him as well as the privileged bourgeoisie who dine at the Four Seasons. He rationalizes putting his paintings in the Four Seasons as an attack on consumerist values. Simultaneously, while Ken enthuses about the new generation of pop-artists...

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