This past weekend the SpeakEasy Stage invited me to see their latest production, RED. I was happy to go, although I will admit I wondered if a 2-person play about a famous abstract expressionist artist living in NYC in 1958 would be too deep or too intellectual for me to grasp.
I should have realized that a play that won five Tony Awards in 2010 would be compelling to see. However, the reason the story comes alive on stage here in Boston is because of the chemistry between the two actors Thomas Derrah who plays the lead (Mark Rothko) and Karl Baker Olson who plays his new young assistant (Ken). The play is filled with quick, spirited dialog and (to my surprise) many funny lines. The dialog is expertly delivered by both actors. One of my favorite lines is when Rothko shouts at his assistant Ken. “You are an employee! This is about me.” The line sums up the artist as portrayed in the show better than I ever could.
RED plays through February 4th at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts at 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Looking for a great evening out? Support Boston’s local art and theater scene by coming to see this Tony Award winning play. You’ll be happy you saw this New England premiere. Check out The Boston Globe’s glowing review by Terry Byrne here.
You can purchase tickets over the phone at 617-933-8600 or online at SpeakEasyStage.com