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Hot Date: The Canadian Stage Company Sees Red

Jim Mezon and David Coomber in Red (photo by Bruce Zinger)

NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 17 Abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko’s rise to fame in the 1950s came with heightened scrutiny and the burden of creating a masterpiece. With the eyes of the artistic community fixated on him, he set to work on one of his best-known commissions, a series of murals for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York’s Seagram Building. Now, the Canadian Stage Company offers a peek into Rothko’s studio with Red, the 2010 Tony Award-winning play that fictionalizes the artist’s struggle to produce his murals while reconciling notions of commercialism and fame. With a script by acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter John Logan, Rothko (Jim Mezon) and his young assistant, Ken (David Coomber) grapple with ideas about art, relevance and the role of artists. The performance includes an original score by former ¬≠Barenaked Ladies musician Andy Creeggan, which was inspired by the music Rothko listened to while painting.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Bluma Appel Theatre, Monday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $24 to $99; call 416-368-3110 or click here for tickets.

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