London Theatre Review: Red

Official Blurb: MGC Artistic Director Michael Grandage directs this first ever UK revival since directing the world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009. The production went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Play. Award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina reprises his critically acclaimed performance as the American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. He is joined by rising star Alfred Enoch of US television drama series How to Get Away With Murder as his assistant Ken. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Mark Rothko takes on his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

RED reunites John Logan and Michael Grandage following Peter and Alice with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw which formed part of MGC’s inaugural season in the West End in 2013, and their feature film Genius.

My Take: Red, directed by Michel Grandage was amazing. Alfredo Molina gives a master class performance and Alfred Enoch holds his own against him. A true acting battle of the Alfreds. It is poignant and strong, emotional and engaging. It also breezes through- at 90 minutes without intermission its also a very efficient night at the theatre. And the saying is wrong- watching paint dry can be really interesting if done in the right way.

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