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RED receives rave reviews






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 play, directed by Michael Grandage, stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production at the Donmar.  The production plays a strictly limited engagement through June 27.

Below is a sampling of what the New York critics had to say:

“A FRESH, EXCITING portrait of a BRILLIANT mind. The dauntless Mr. Molina gives his strongest Broadway performance to date. Possessiveness and perplexity glitter in his eyes like a fever. Mr. Redmayne’s Ken has a spine and a mind of his own, and you can feel both growing stronger throughout the play. Mr. Grandage is a canny craftsman of the theater, and he makes sure that the play’s intellectual arguments are sensually grounded.”

-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“SO INTENSE. AN ELECTRIFYING PLAY!  Molina turns in a robust portrait of the artist as a man of fierce intelligence and ferocious drive. Redmayne is admirably cool and subtle.”

-Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“FINALLY A TRULY INTELLIGENT PLAY ON BROADWAY!  RED is a compelling example of how a thinking theater can simultaneously entertain and educate. Molina and Redmayne are SUPERB.”

-John Simon, Bloomberg News

“FASCINATING & VIVID. Rothko was interested in ‘expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on’ in his work. In five scenes and 90 minutes, Logan’s vivid play manages the same strokes. “Michael Grandage guides the action and actors beautifully.”

-Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

“John Logan has penned A REMARKABLE WORK that in many ways matches the complexities and fascination of Rothko’s art. Molina embodies Rothko with consummate artistry of his own and Eddie Redmayne is SPLENDID. The MOST INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING 90 MINUTES BROADWAY HAS SEEN IN YEARS.”

-Roma Torre, NY1

“Under Grandage’s crisp, smart direction, Molina brings a wry humanity to the part that transcends tortured-artist clichés.”

-Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“GRIPPING & COMPELLING. A visceral production.”
-Linda Winer, Newsday

“Molina is wonderful. ENORMOUS FUN!”
-David Cote, Time Out New York

“PASSIONATE & IMAGINATIVE. Alfred Molina gives a bravura picture of the tempestuous artist, and, by sheer force of performance, holds our attention.”

-Robert Feldberg, The Record

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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