Review: Red, a new play by John Logan
QUESTION: Look, and what do you see? ANSWER: A brilliant, bold and beautifully written script performed by a duo of talent at Nottingham University.
Red, a new play by John Logan, is on until Saturday at The Nottingham New Theatre and delves into the mind, work and drive of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.
If you are unfamiliar with Rothko’s art, don’t worry, it’s a baptism of fire into his world of colour and refreshing reasoning. This is a brave two hander with ninety minutes of exciting, intelligent and thought provoking dialogue.
The play is set in his art studio in New York around 1958-9 and the set at Nottingham’s New Theatre offers the echo and even smell of the artist’s workshop.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Ajay Stevenson inhabits his character Mark Rothko with a performance which not only convinces but commands the audience to listen. His characterisation is captivating, right down to his occasional phlegm filled sniffle and clearing of throat. Ajay shaved off his beard and hair for the performance which undoubtedly complements the physicality of his portrayal which second to none. His walk, his movement and expression all tell a story of their own. His anger and brilliance in turn reinvigorate the room.
The play demands the two actors deliver a gamut of emotions, which they do with ease and flare.
Rothko’s assistant Ken, played by Jono Lake, provides a warm and affable character contrast. His own demons are explored and Jono Lake has a stage presence and gentle sensitivity which delicately deliver a bold and brilliant performance.
A moment of magic occurs when the two mix and prime a virgin canvass; offering a voyeuristic view into the exhilaration of the act.
The play trumpets the human condition and delightfully banishes the banal.
Go and see it, you will exit (stage left) all the richer!
Tonight doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start and runs until March 2. There is also a Friday matinée at 2pm.
Tickets: From £4
Email boxoffice@ newtheatre.org.uk
For directions .
Take a look at the Nottingham new theatre’s Facebook page .