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In the 1950s, Rothko took a commission that would set him up for life.
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Red

Venue Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane
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Dates From 27 Apr to 19 May 2013

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In the 1950s, Rothko took a commission that would set him up for life. He was showered with money by Manhattan’s elite in return for a series of paintings that would decorate the swanky Four Seasons Restaurant in the brand new, soaring, steel-and-glass monument to corporate modernism, the Seagram Building on Park Avenue.

Rothko forged his art into a weapon against the richest bastards in New York, vowing clandestinely to create stomach-turning crimson canvases that would “ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who eats there” – but in 1959, out of the blue, he stormily reclaimed the paintings and gave back the money. The catalyst of that event went with the abstract expressionist to his grave. It’s this mystery that is explored with stunning intensity in Red, along with the relationship between master and protégé, art and commerce, artist and audience. From the pen of John Logan – acclaimed screenwriter of Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo and forthcoming James Bond film Skyfall this six-time Tony Award winner is a true masterpiece.

WINNER OF SIX TONY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PLAY (2010) & WINNER OF DRAMA DESK AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PLAY (2010)

Having just received this year’s Green Room Award for Best Actor (Theatre), Victoria's premier theatre honour, Colin Friels breathes life into tortured artist Mark Rothko as he broods and seethes in his Bowery Studio, literally painting himself into a corner.

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Friels is absolutely compelling and captivating !
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6:46 AM - 20/05/2013
By Nigel
Magnificent
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8:43 PM - 15/05/2013
By Greta Martin
Despite the slow start this is the most engrossing theatre. Colin Friels is in the performance of his life and you can understand why he won the GreenRoom award. Best ever theatre. Don't miss it!
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9:55 AM - 14/05/2013
By Robert Johnston
An outsrtanding play performed with great skill and flair by one of Australia's really great actors supported by a new face from whom we can expect more great performances.
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7:56 AM - 13/05/2013
By Dina
very good and unforgettable, The script and acting are very strong . Would recommend this to anyone who loves a good drama.
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2:24 PM - 12/05/2013
By Pauline
Enjoyed this production vey much. Colin Friels was immersed in the character of Mark Rothko and conveyed the emotion of an artist struggling with the public perception of hits work, with great intensity. The play is brilliantly written if sometimes quite lofty with the subject matter of philosophy I felt like I learnt more about art and the true meaning of the work to the artist. Both actors work very hard with a very wordy play, but the intensity is real and the conviction translated to the audience. I believe the experience will increase my love understanding of art in the future.
Spellbinding
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11:34 AM - 3/05/2013
By Karen
I can't stop thinking about it!!! Totally engaging. Great script. Fantastic performances.
Brilliant
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8:39 AM - 1/05/2013
By Elizabeth Sullivan
A spectacular show - brilliant script, acting and sets.
Love a crazy artist
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2:02 PM - 29/04/2013
By Evelyn Jones
Absolutely brilliant play, loved every single second of it
Truly oustanding
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5:41 PM - 28/04/2013
By Tim Longwill
This was simply the best theatre I have seen in a very long time.


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