RED SPEEDO by Lucas Hnath

Directed by Markus Potter
Center REP - Opening Night Jan 30th, 2018

Cast: Gabriel Marin, Max Carpenter, Rosie Hallet, Michael Asberry

Masterful. A triumph.
Directed incisively by Markus Potter.

The smart, pulpy new play, equal parts comedy, drama and thriller, opens with a dazzling display
— SF Chronicle - Lily Janiak
 Bay Area Theatre Critics "Go See"

Bay Area Theatre Critics "Go See"

fullsizeoutput_69d9.jpeg

 

                                                                     Red Speedo Reviews

SF Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Splashy-Speedo-a-poolside-triumph-12544233.php

5-STAR (Little man leaping out of chair)
“Masterful. A triumph. directed incisively by Markus Potter.
Equal parts comedy, drama and thriller, in a dazzling display of professionalism.
                  -Lily Janiak is The San Francisco Chronicle



East Bay Times: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/02/03/curtain-calls-center-rep-to-present-thought-provoking-red-speedo/
“crafted a high-pressure drama interlaced with humor that is spell-binding”
“Fortunately, director Markus Potter has found a cast more than capable of delivering his staccato verbal barrages with flair.”

 

Mercury News: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/02/review-red-speedo-will-keep-surprising-you-in-walnut-creek/

“delightfully weird”
“marvelously compelling staging by director Markus Potter, the play is full of surprises”


Vmedia: http://www.vmediabackstage.com/single-post/2018/02/03/THE-WINTER-OLYMPICS-BEGIN-THIS-MONTH-AT-THE-CENTERREP-WITH-TWO-BROTHERS-AND-A-RACE-FOR-THE-GOLD-‘RED-SPEEDO’-IS-THRILLING
POOL IS DANGEROUS AND A MUST SEE”.
“high-pressure drama with flashes of humor that is as nail-biting as any high-stakes swim race.”
“Director Potter’s work is a fast paced rendering of a difficult text, one that reads nearly like fast talking millennials, but the drama plays like a thriller onstage”
“RED SPEEDO is twisted and dark, but the dialogue is downright high speed poetry and non stop perfect.”


NPR’s KQED Arts
https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2018/02/15/red-speedo-is-a-terrifying-mask-of-despair-for-our-unethical-age/

“The fascinating American playwright Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo, receiving its Bay Area premiere at Center Rep in Walnut Creek under Markus Potter’s scalpel-sharp direction, captures a strange quality about ethical thinking — it helps to not have any. Ethics, that is.”

“Daring, sharp, smart, complex,excellence.

 


Berkshire Fine Arts
https://www.berkshirefinearts.com/02-04-2018_red-speedo-by-lucas-hnath.htm
“With exquisite direction by Markus Potter, Center Repertory Theater has a spitfire show currently swimming in its lanes.”

“Mr. Potter’s direction is a brilliant execution of Mr. Hnath’s script, with proper pacing to the intermission-less play and completely fluid transitions”

Mr. Potter’s direction and casting complements Mr. Hnath’s script with four more-than-capable actors to be these characters in a believable, nuanced, and very specific fashion. With everything working in its favor, Red Speedo is your choice for a do-not-miss production. Go see this show!

 

The Atrius
http://theatrius.com/2018/02/08/red-speedo-exposes-our-competitive-madness-at-center-rep-walnut-creek/

“The four superb actors, and the letter-perfect direction by Markus Potter make this an essential American dark comedy.”

“From  stunning comic beginning to a bone-chilling 90 minutes in the pool this production scales shakespearean heights”

“The shabby concrete walls of the local swim club, the vaulting ambitions of each contestant flashing into conflict, and the blood that is shed make “Red Speedo” true ritual and great theater.”


Benicia Herald

http://beniciaheraldonline.com/review-speedo-looks-under-the-surface-of-a-swimmers-life/


For All Events

http://forallevents.info/reviews/victor-cordell/


Center Rep has produced a sharply drawn realization of Hnath’s Obie winning play. The story line is riveting, and director Markus Potter’s pace is brisk and assured.

 

Threatrius
http://theatrius.com/2018/02/08/red-speedo-exposes-our-competitive-madness-at-center-rep-walnut-creek/

Shakespearean spine….The Bachelor on steroids.

 

“The four superb actors, and the letter-perfect direction by Markus Potter make this an essential American dark comedy. The shabby concrete walls of the local swim club, the vaulting ambitions of each contestant flashing into conflict, and the blood that is shed make “Red Speedo” true ritual and great theater. Time to see that pool, those actors again.”