Abrons Arts Center presents this French drama which explores the brilliance and madness of Jackson Pollock through his marriage to Lee Krasner, a talented artist in her own right. More…
In 'Pollock,' the beautifully tragic relationship of infamous artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner is rendered on stage. 'Pollock' exists in the charged empty space between Pollock and Krasner; between his genius and her spirit; between the inhibitions of the former and the frustrations of the latter; between the inherent difficulty of conceptualizing “abstraction” and the painter’s own instinctive gestures.
"As embodied by the experimental theater veteran Jim Fletcher, Jackson Pollock can be fascinating to watch...But Lee Krasner is the riveting one, rare and defiant and glowing with life in a beautifully modulated, remarkably understated performance by Birgit Huppuch...As biography, it’s an alluring story, all tangled up in our notions of tragic genius and tormented creativity...The production is tactile, kinetic, carnal, but its world is interior, dark, and seductive." Full Review
"A riveting show about the tempestuous relationship between Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner...Unfurls like one of Pollock's paintings, nonlinear, experimental, and abstract, forming an intense and entertaining whole...The stage is a metaphor for Pollock's thoughts...Fletcher inhabits Pollock's mind, body, and spirit, giving an expert performance that is complemented by Huppuch's bold, beautiful portrayal of Krasner...An impressive theatrical canvas." Full Review
See it if you are interested in the mid-20th century American art scene or dramaturgy that blends the visual & the verbal in a satisfying package
Don't see it if you are looking for a play that is a succession of coherent scenes with dialog & a story that begins, develops & ends.
See it if Even if you don’t know much about the artists being portrayed, see it if complex relationships intrigue you.
Don't see it if You know a lot about the artists being portrayed and are not open to a new way to look at their story and relationship.
See it if Well acted and executed biographical production highlighting the trials and tribulations of a visionary artist and his spirited artist wife.
Don't see it if Do not like small-scale productions with minimal staging in an intimate setting.
See it if you like the artists & the haunted, gin-soaked postwar melancholy that defines art/lit of that period; support French-US cultural exchange
Don't see it if you want a topical play. This is about specific individuals of the past; less concerned w/ connecting their relationship/work to the present
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