My Friends

Arrow Up

Arrow Up
Arrow Down
,
  • Thu
    2
  • Fri
    3
  • Sat
    4
  • Sun
    5
  • Mon
    6
  • Tue
    7
  • Wed
    8
Late Night Thursdays: Project PAINT Jul 02, 2015 Works of art created by Project PAINT participants and photographs of the program in action will be on display in the MOPA lobby. Project PAINT is an arts organization dedicated to serving the needs of adult incarcerated populations. 73 other events on Thursday, July 2
 
News
Local experts say tech privacy is a thing of the past
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Comic strips come to surreal life in new clip
News
Labor council adopts transit-first policy as pressure mounts to slow freeway expansion
Theater
Drama surrounds a homely heiress
North Fork
Unexpected German menu is worth visit to Oceanside tavern

 

 
Log in to use your Facebook account with
San Diego CityBeat

Login With Facebook Account

Recent Activity on San Diego CityBeat
 
Home / Blogs / Canvassed
. . . .
Monday, Apr 07, 2014 - Canvassed | Art & culture

Seeing 'Red' at San Diego Rep

Play about artist Mark Rothko is funny and passionate

By David Coddon
RED PHOTO 2 John Vickery (left) and Jason Maddy in Red.
- Daren Scott

Mark Rothko's studio in the Bowery is not a place for the timid. That's what the obliging young Ken (Jason Maddy) promptly finds out when he becomes an assistant (more like a glorified go-fer, at first) to the lauded abstract expressionist painter. Immediately, the bellowing, salvo-firing Rothko (John Vickery) informs Ken that he's not his friend and he's definitely not his teacher. Yet that's what happens during the course of 90-something minutes in San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of John Logan's Red, directed by Michael Arabian. But before it's over—and it ends all too quickly for this is a fascinating character study of a man who was so much more than just his paintings—Rothko has learned a few things about himself from Ken, though he's loathe to admit it.

The Rep distinguished itself last year with its one-man tale of another timeless painter, Picasso: A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, starring Herbert Siguenza. But if that story was told with lust for life and whimsy, this one is wrapped in Rothko's ego and bluster—and, we learn, his insecurity. Vickery is positively commanding in the role, so passionate about his darlings as well as his demons that you accept every high-minded, acerbic word as the Gospel According to The Master. Maddy remains in the background as prescribed for the first half of the one-act play, but his courage and his spine build to a crowd-pleasing tell-off moment that just bounces off Rothko like bullets off Superman.

Red is an accelerated education in art-making and art history for those open to it, and for those who aren't, hell, what are you doing at this show anyway?

Red rocks. Don't miss it. It runs through April 22 at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza, Downtown. sdrep.org

 
 
Close
Close
Close