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Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 02/21/2012

‘Red’ becomes highest grossing non-musical in Arena Stage’s history

Edward Gero plays Mark Rothko, left, and Patrick Andrews plays Ken, his assistant, during a dress rehearsal of 'Red' at the Arena Stage. (Astrid Riecken)
“Red,” the Tony-award winning drama about the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, has become the highest-grossing non-musical in Arena Stage’s history. The production, done in association with Goodman Theatre, is directed by Goodman’s Artistic Director Robert Falls and stars Edward Gero as Rothko and Patrick Andrews as Ken, Rothko’s fictional assistant.

Peter Marks said of the drama: “For all its highfalutin’ discourse — on abstract expressionism, Dionysus vs. Apollo, the pernicious advance of pop art — the most engrossing moment of Arena Stage’s immensely enjoyable ‘Red’ comes when the two actors dip their brushes into buckets and paint.” Read the rest of Marks’ review and check out the Backstage interview with Edward Gero.

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