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RED reviewed in the New York Times






It’s impossible not to feel THRILLED!”

-Ben Brantley



The Donmar Warehouse production of John Logan’s RED opened last night on Broadway at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) to rave reviews.   The production is reviewed below in today’s New York Times.

Primary Colors and Abstract Appetites

By Ben Brantley

The New York Times

April 2, 2010

“Even before you see his eyes, you’re aware of the force of his gaze. Portraying the artist Mark Rothko, Alfred Molina sits with his back to the audience at the beginning of “Red,” John Logan’s intense and exciting two-character bio-drama, which opened on Thursday night at the Golden Theater. Yet the set of his neck and shoulders makes it clear that he is staring hard and hungrily, locked in visual communion with the object before him.

That’s an abstract painting, copied from Rothko, and it is indeed very red and very dramatic. But it is Mr. Molina’s stare that invests it with real drama. “What do you see?” he asks in the play’s first line, with an urgency that is part hope and part despair, with despair in the ascendant. By this time we have looked into his eyes. What we see, above all, is an artist seeing, and it’s impossible not to feel thrilled by the privilege.”

Click here to read the entire review: http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/theater/reviews/02red.html?ref=theater

RED stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production at the Donmar.  The production is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage.   RED marks playwright Logan’s Broadway debut.   The production plays a strictly limited engagement through June 27.

Eddie Redmayne is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

As part of the Donmar’s commitment to greater accessibility, producer Arielle Tepper Madover has announced that more than 60 tickets priced at $25 will be available at every performance through Telecharge.com and the Golden Theatre box office.

RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world’s largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue.  Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.   RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.

RED opened December 8, 2009 at the Donmar.  The production was nominated for three 2010 Olivier Awards, including Best Play, with Eddie Redmayne winning the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The production is designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting design by Neil Austin.  Composer and sound designer is Adam Cork.

Tickets ($116.50-$25) are available throughTelecharge.com by phone at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.   Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00, Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Beginning the week of April 12, Tuesday performances are at 7:00 PM.

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