Monday, May 27, 2024

Teatro Pinas Review : “Red” is an extraordinary play produced by The Necessary Theatre

Teatro Pinas Review : “Red” is an extraordinary play produced by The Necessary Theatre

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“Red” is an extraordinary play produced by The Necessary Theatre and written by the renowned American playwright, John Logan. It shines a spotlight on the life of the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, played brilliantly by Bart Guingona, during the pinnacle of his career. Through the perspective of Rothko’s spirited assistant, Ken, portrayed by the talented JC Santos, the play first captivated Philippine audiences back in February 2013 and now returns for a limited 10-show run from June 9 to 18 this year.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the art scene, “Red” takes theatergoers on a captivating journey into the mind of Rothko, delving into his struggles, aspirations, and the quest for artistic identity. Bart Guingona brings an intense and magnetic presence to Rothko’s character, while JC Santos delivers a compelling performance as Ken, offering a dynamic portrayal of the mentor-protégé relationship.

The production’s set design is visually stunning, featuring canvases and splashes of vivid red that transport the audience into Rothko’s emotional world. The clever use of lighting adds depth and intensifies the mood, casting evocative shadows that mirror the internal conflicts faced by the characters.

After a decade, “Red” returns to the Philippine stage, offering theater enthusiasts the chance to once again experience the power and significance of John Logan’s exceptional play. With only 10 shows scheduled from June 9 to 18, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Prepare to be enthralled as “Red” intertwines the realms of art, identity, and the socio-political climate, offering profound insights and thought-provoking storytelling. With a remarkable cast, mesmerizing set design, and a compelling narrative, this production promises an unforgettable and transformative theatrical experience.

Don’t miss out on the magic of “Red” and its timeless exploration of creativity and the human spirit. Get ready to immerse yourself in this extraordinary play and be moved by its powerful portrayal of art and the complexities of the human condition.


Written By : Tony Yson

Photo By : AXL Guinto