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When: Sat., May 26, 1 & 8 p.m., Sun., May 27, 1 p.m., Mon., May 28, 8 p.m. and Tue., May 29, 7 p.m. 2012
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $25
www.piccolospoleto.com

Rothko's modern life. Written by John Logan and presented by PURE Theatre, this Tony Award-winning play focuses on the relationship between abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and his young assistant, Ken, in 1950s New York. Though Rothko is an anti-establishment kind of guy, when he's offered a commission for a series of murals at New York's Four Seasons Restaurant, he just can't refuse it. And that might end up being his undoing.

When the pupil becomes the teacher. Over the course of the play, Ken (played by Tripp Hamilton) gains more and more confidence, and he eventually challenges Rothko (played by Mark Landis) on changing tastes in art and the inevitable rise of pop art.

Voices carry. With its simple set, two-person cast, and extensive dialogue, this is a difficult play to perform, and City Paper critic Duffy Lewis thought the actors weren't quite up to the task during last month's run of the show. Let's hope the pair have settled into their characters since then.

— Erica Jackson Curran

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