PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Theatre Company has opened its new season with the premiere of John Logan’s popular, multi-award-winning, two-character drama, “Red.”

It’s a play created in the Lower Manhattan studio of noted abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, an artist who has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art: a series of murals for a fancy New York restaurant.

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He works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, who arrived as a trainee but who in time becomes a part of a differing verbal background with his boss.

Playwright John Logan has developed amazing theatre, and his play “Red” just may be the strongest drama yet on an artist and his creation.

Broadway veteran Stephen Rowe and the younger Haley Joel Osment are the two-man cast, in a theatrical offering that has won a heap of awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

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“Red” will be running at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets in center city Philadelphia, through November 13th.

Reviewed by Bob Nelson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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