The Gamm’s illuminating Red

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2012

Mancini strikes the right balance of respectful student and self-confident artist in his own right, which allows us to believe Rothko when he says, after Ken finally tells him off, that it was the first moment the young man existed for him.

As for Sullivan, he gives plenty of well-timed modulation to soften the strident artist that the playwright imagined. The actor also unspools some very funny, spot-on impersonations of fools that Rothko has to put up with, from a prissy buyer who wants something to go with an orange sofa to a tough guy who barks, "My kid could do that!"

"Most of painting is thinking," Rothko insists here. "Ten percent is putting paint on canvas." This thoughtful piece of theater matches that concern in helping to clarify the process of making art. Red earned the Tony Award for Best Play in 2010. With this fine-tuned production, more theatergoers can appreciate what all the fuss was about.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Fred Sullivan, Tony Estrella, red,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY BILL RODRIGUEZ
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   A SO-SO SATIRE  |  July 02, 2014
    There’s this poor country whose medium of exchange is goats (actually, promises of parts of a goat — promissory goats).
  •   PROFOUNDLY SILLY  |  June 25, 2014
    It’s been more than a half-century since Eugène Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano , was written in a burst of splenetic post-WWII exasperation over the ludicrous behavior of his species.
  •   TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY  |  June 18, 2014
    It doesn’t hurt that Angels In America is, in several regards, the greatest American play ever written.
  •   PUNCHING THE CLOCK  |  June 18, 2014
    We come into the world, we rub our eyes, we look around and squall, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out why we had to bother.
  •   MEETING OF THE MINDS  |  June 11, 2014
    The knockout production avoids digressions and keeps the interplay punchy, leaving us reeling as well. Think ' Crossfire' on the History Channel.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ