An excellent play and two outsanding actors. The Donmar stays on the cutting edge of greatness. - David O'Brien
08 Jan 10
The problem with this play is its uneveness. The first two-thirds are one long rant by the artist; by the time his assistant bites back I'd decided I hated him as much as his dreadfully over-rated pictures and just wanted to go home. The three stars are for the performances and the design - the play and the pictures are shit. - Gareth James
05 Jan 10
It's an interesting play and my 4 stars are for the virtuoso performances of Molina and Redmayne rather than anything else. I left the performance, after one hour and forty minutes, actually wanting more, much more. John Logan, the writer, could have spent another hour fleshing out the characters instead of leaving Rothko as almost opaque and two dimensional as when he started - like one of Rothko's paintings perhaps, although I doubt that's the reason? The structural defects of the play merely reinforce the stereotypical image we have of Rothko. Sadly, it ultimately fails the man beneath the paint. It's not a great play, but it certainly whets the appetite. - rds
03 Jan 10
Red is the new Blue/Orange. - Scripps
21 Dec 09
This is a great night in the theatre, two actors at the very top of their game.
A dir with a set and lighting team all working as one.
Excellent script which the actors relish each and every word of.
One of the very best nights at the Donmar.
Do not miss it. - james tate
16 Dec 09
Not surprisingly brilliant, however, John Logan is hardly an "unknown writer".
I highly recommend all of his plays of which several have been produced in Chicago over the years including at the prestigious Goodman Theatre: SNOW, NEVER THE SINNER, HAUPTMANN, and especially MUSIC FROM A LOCKED ROOM among them.
14 Dec 09
After seeing Red, I see gold in the future of this shorching hot production's cast and crew. You will not find better acting in London -- period. Michael Grandage's typically consummate direction must have included getting Molina and Redmayne to the hot-dog eating contests on Coney Island, so zestfully do they employ every bun and frank of a phrase in Logan's headily vibrant script. (A touch wordy at times, but doesn't Stoppard get away with that scot-free?!?) Oram's design, Austin's lighting, and Cork's otherworldly yet classical sound lend Red's audiences the feeling of being on a film set -- the ambience and decor are so cinematic as to be at any possible moment commemorated on film. From tip to stern, yet another out and out hit for the Donmar. SEE IT NOW - Jeff
12 Dec 09
Both actors are outstanding. The priming of the canvas seen is particularly electric. A brilliant production! - Alexandra
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