Best Play

City Paper

Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208,

The most memorable theatrical production of Baltimore’s 2013-2014 season was Everyman Theatre’s mounting of John Logan’s “Red,” the story of painter Mark Rothko’s late-career crisis of confidence and his wary relationship with a new assistant. Baltimore’s best-known actor Bruce R. Nelson played Rothko as an irritable, self-absorbed genius, and Baltimore’s best acting newcomer, Eric Berryman, played the assistant as an aspiring artist torn between respect and resentment. Director Donald Hicken pulled off one of the rarest achievements in theater: allowing us to see what goes on inside an artist’s head. 


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