Directed by Michael Grandage and co-starring Eddie Redmayne, Red examines artist Mark Rothko (Molina) who, under the watchful gaze of his young assistant and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
Most overnight critics gave a resounding thumbs up to Red, though Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph was a notable dissenter with a two-star review. Among the play's admirers, most felt that Logan (who wrote the screenplay for Gladiator) has made a successful transition from screen-to-stage, and praised his depiction of Rothko as, in the words of the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts, an “argumentative monster”. On the acting front, it appears the long wait for Molina's London return was worth it, as both he and Redmayne were found to be in “exhilarating form”.
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