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Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at an artist?s studio?

The Dallas Theater Center?s new production of Red answers such palette-in-the-sky dreams, delivering an inspired and intimate drama--mere inches from your feet.

This two-person play about artist Mark Rothko (the original king of color blocking) is staged in a ninth-floor workshop space of the Wyly Theatre. The actors fling paint just steps away from the audience (watch your shoes) as they re-create Rothko?s quest to fulfill a commission of murals for the Seagram Building in New York in 1958.

It?s a tightly wrought drama that gives a firsthand look at how the artist and his strident assistant dealt with creating work for the large-scale commission. At the key moment in the story, the actors frantically paint the show?s eponymous canvas, the splatters of paint accompanied by their crazy rants. While not trained painters, actors Kieran Michael Connolly (Rothko) and Jordan Brodess (the assistant, Ken) are breathtakingly believable in their respective roles.

The entire production is a sight to behold.

?Red? runs through March 24 at the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2400 Flora St., or 214-880-0202

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