John Logan's Red Is a Battle on Canvas

Plus, Bellona serves a visual stew while Lend Me a Tenor lends laughs

Visual in the classic way of traditional farce, Lend Me a Tenor (Music Box) requires no review, only laughter. In this standard door-slamming mixup, about a bush-league opera company stuck with a corpsed-out guest star, the lines and events, unlike those in any other Ken Ludwig play I've ever encountered, all actually function coherently in context. Justin Bartha is fetchingly wistful in the lead, and Tony Shalhoub's bullying eyes, acting epics all over the stage, are a multimedia event in themselves.

Rothko's mark: Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne in Red
Johann Persson
Rothko's mark: Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne in Red

Details

Red
By John Logan
Golden Theatre
252 West 45th Street, 212-239-6200

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities
By Jay Scheib, after Samuel R. Delany's Dahlgren
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street, 212-255-5793

Lend Me a Tenor
By Ken Ludwig
Music Box Theatre
239 West 45th Street, 212-239-6200

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