Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing

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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.

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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.


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85
The New York Times

"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

85
This Week in New York Blog

"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

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79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

60
Great acting, Banal, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see an eccentric artist behaving badly. The actors are constrained by the script.

Don't see it if You hope to learn more about their careers and their marriage.

77
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Abstracted period piece

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

Also Wish I had a copy of the play to mull over because I felt like I wasn’... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Visual

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.

Also Fabrice Melquiot is an established playwright in France. Here he prese... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing

See it if You'd like to know more about Pollock's grasp of the effects of his fame.

Don't see it if If you expect something truly personal. The actors address the audience rather than each other.


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