I couldn't disagree more with Mrs. Forrester. I sometimes have no idea how people can become art/theatre critics when they think so little about a play's content.
I absolutely love this play. However, this performance was not only powerless but cowardly. The director had absolutely no guts in trying to scare the audience with the fear that Rothko is feeling. At no point do we see Rothko terrified that his end is near! It's all there! It's in the writing!!
At no point do we see how absolutely terrified Rothko's assistant Ken is of facing his past (murdered parents). This basically is a weekend conversation of meaningless banter. Just about every line is thrown away.
The priceless words uttered by Rothko, "There's only one thing in life I fear my friend, that one day, the black will swallow the red," are disgustingly thrown away. You can barely hear them first of all, and they carried absolutely no power, no fear! Think about it Mrs. Forrester! Think about it! It's such a shame really. I looked forward to this production for months because I've never had a chance to see RED live. And well, I still haven't.
This production was another sham put on by ATC in which it bring out of town "talent" that is nowhere near some of the talent that I have seen in local theatre companies.
I want to think that Mr. Arndt was directed to act the way he did since he seems like a very capable actor. Yet his Rothko was just a guy painting for a new restaurant. He's terrified and we never see that. We never see him hanging by a thread. My god! There are so many references! He is old news! He is at the end of his career (thus his life) and yet, we don't see that.
Mr. Toms on the other hand seemed like a silly cartoon running around the stage for absolutely no reason. He would at times run, really run to get a rag, and you wondered "why is he in such a hurry? There's no reason to be in such a hurry to clean a drop of paint." There was no explanation for many of the choices he made.
I could only think that he got this role because of his extensive resume with a lot of big-name production companies. Which unfortunately, it seems that's what ATC loves to do.
As Rothko said Mrs. Forrester, "think more!"
I loved the plantains!!! Phenomenal, but service was pretty slow with no apparent reason.
I sure hope they get it together because there is some great potential.
This is some serious lazy writing. We can read the synopsis of these shows online. A paragraph to talk about the actual productions is pathetic! Do you job people!
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