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Director: play tackles art, life, death with surprising amount of humor

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Robb Mann stars as Mark Rothko in 'Red.' (Source: WECT) Robb Mann stars as Mark Rothko in 'Red.' (Source: WECT)
Robb Mann (left) and Patrick Basquill perform a scene from 'Red.' (Source:WECT) Robb Mann (left) and Patrick Basquill perform a scene from 'Red.' (Source:WECT)
The show runs until July 26 at the Red Barn Studio Theatre. (Source: WECT) The show runs until July 26 at the Red Barn Studio Theatre. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The Red Barn Studio Theatre in Wilmington is really living up to its name. That's where the Thalian Association is performing John Logan's drama Red.

Based on the life of famous artist Mark Rothko, it follows his attempts to paint a group of murals for the Four Seasons restaurant.

Along the way, his assistant questions Rothko's artistic theories, daring to ask what no one else would.

The show's director says the play deals with art, life, death (and Chinese take-out), but don't be overwhelmed by the heavy themes.

"The way the show is written and the way these actors are presenting it, it's so conversational that you don't realize that you have been fed a plate of really, really, really heavy stuff," Robison said. "People leave and they spend the next several hours thinking about some of the subjects, some of the topics that the play touches on. [Red] presents all these things in such a conversational tone with such a surprising amount of humor."

Red

  • July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • July 13, 20
  • 3 p.m.
  • Red Barn Studio Theatre
For tickets, call (910) 251-1788 or click here: http://bit.ly/U5qzoC

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