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Best Bets: Mark Rothko: In the ‘Red’

Jody Kujawa (left) is Mark Rothko and Paul LaNave is his assistant in Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Red.” Photo by Andy Miller.

It’s the 1950s, and abstract artist Mark Rothko has been commissioned to paint a series of murals for The Four Seasons Restaurant. In “Red,” a modern bio-play by John Logan, an intense Rothko and his assistant, Ken, paint and consider art theory in a Bowery studio.

Renegade Theater Company’s two-man show, directed by Anika Thompson, opens today at Teatro Zuccone.

In 2010, when “Red” opened in New York City, a reviewer for the New York Times said it originally registers as a “visceral exercise in art appreciation.

“Fortunately though, it turns out to be more a study in artist appreciation, a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind that asks you to feel the shape and texture of thoughts.”

The play was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2010 and won four — including Best Play.

GO SEE IT What: Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Red” by John Logan

When: 8 tonight; runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through June 28

Where: Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St.

Tickets: $18 adults, $15 students and seniors at

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