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Abstractionist.Reich discusses future of parenting
M'R By Shannon O'Sullivan Sam told his father to wake him when he Due to less predictahe earning and the
o th k o fin d s he wanted to know that his father had men and women are working mo
Related telephone calls run through aived home Reich knew there was having less children and sinking huge
T the hoses of working parentstacross something missing in his life.tThe real- sums of toney into ersoal attention
America on a regu- ization came that time with his family services.
SAlar basis. The sim- was more important than his 15 hour a Reich suggests that this new ccong
yo pleyetthought- day job as Labor Secretary in President my is creating a "sorting mechans
Bay Jeny Jete 7;k. provoking qe- Clinton's Cabinet. widenitg the gpbtenterich ai
a Wobett tion comes from Provoked y a sense of growing dis- the poor, osap between (the
R the lips of a help- satisfaction across America with the geeks and the shrinks), and etween1
Mark Rothko (1903-1970), one of the world's most Reich less child to their demands of the workplace coupled with old and new families, with the percent-
renowned1 abstract expressionists, is known for his enor- Business School workaholic parent: the demands of family life, Reich offers age of married people who have chil-
mos canvases of stacked and abstracted rectangles, encot- nAuditorium "When are you an overview of the pros and cons of dren at a low of 26 percent. The evi-
passing the depth of the human condi- comning home?" today's economy in his new book, "The dence of this "soiling mechanism" is
tion through every color and layer of Tonight at 8 Most parents, Future of Success." By examining the the result of the new economic individ-
paint. ."longing to answer personal and commercial consequences ual drive, involving separate decisions
Although these solid yet intriguing "Soon," glance ofa booming economy, Reich asks ifjob by those seeking the best for thet*
Mark Rothko images have made Rothko famous, his around at the coy- sacrifices are worth it. selves.
Exhibit work, like many artists, proceeded ered desk. and In simple concrete language Reich From big controversial ideas, such
Mseum of Ar through various stages of developet struck by a bolt of lays down the facts, relating greater as S60,000 "nest eggs" for every f8
and experimentation. His work froma reality can only answer, "Later." consumer choices to the frenzied life of year old to simple ideas, such as ol-
Through February 25 the '30s and '40s in particular, reveal In a similar conversation with his son social woes. Along with the booming lege mentors, "The Future of Success"
his earlier interest in the human fig- Sam, Robert Reich had an epiphany that emerging economy cones a reshaping offers Reich's views about "new work"
ure. In Mark Rothko and the Lure of drastically changed his life forever. After and restructuring of American lives. and its effect on the rest of our lives.
the Figure:1933-1946, 15 canavases
:explore the elements he struggled tocom e eX l res two selves
These paintings, although hardly
resembling his later work, reflect aM"
time of individual growth and realization. courtesy ouMM By Laura Deneau morning. The action of the play is where the play takes place, reflets
Many of Rothko's earlier paintings depict human isola. This 1939 work expresthe human condition. Daily Arns Writer spurred by Public's Interactions with his Friel's own experiences growing up in
tiot and confinement not only through facial expression, What makes these difnt than his earlier expressionist maid, old girlfriend, uncle, teacher, aunt Northern Ireland around Donegal. The
but also through contrast with structure of the setting and paintings is that the tes become thinner and almost This weekend, lish playwright Brian and others as they guide him toward his scenes of the play itself are set in Gar's
background. In Rothko's untitled Nude (1937-38), a woman transparent, ready to blonto their environment. Friel's comedy in three acts and first hit ultimate decision and reveal his attitudes bachelor pad of two sparsely furnished
looks back over her shoulder with an acknowledged look of During World War the Surrealists, who strove to play, "Philadelphia, Here I Come," will toward religion, Ireland and his family. rooms, and incorporate two flashbacks.
her environment, as she approaches the dark corner of a explore the unconsciousough imagery, had a lasting be performed. "I feel like we're going to strike a deep Because of a low budget, VoniHglog
room. Experimenting with architectural lines and borders, influence on Rothko. Thrh myth, Rothko tried to evoke a, The play, set in chord in this show," said Tony VonHalle, has had to incorporate a lot of lighting,
Rothko wished to show how boundaries, both physical and a "timeless and tragic" wt. At this point he began dis- r" 1960's Ireland, director of the show and a BFA senior. into the show, and make creative use of a
psychological, constrain humans and cause tension. sorting the body, reassem parts and using geometric x looks at the outer "You have an character communicating sparse set to get the right mood acros
In his Three Women (1935), Rothko shows three females, shapes as representations others. In Oedipus (1940), Philadelphia, and inner life of every single thought he has." At times, he said, the audience will hav
with bulbous bodies and abnormally small heads, standing Rothko creates a strange aushed figure, resembling the Here ICome Gar O'Donnell, a By creating an ongoing inner dialogue to suspend their disbelief, but the use of
in the middle of a room. What's more peculiar, however, is classical Greek symbol oldipus, who murdered his young Irishman, between Private Gar, played by Brendan imagination may enhance their experi-
that they are not interacting or even looking at one another; father and married his moth Arena Theater split into two McMahon, and Public Gar, played by ence.
each is looking downwards focusing on her individual As Rothko continued to abet his work, focusing more January 25-27 selves - Public, Dave Jones, Friel is able to openly com- Throughout the show an Irish dialect
thoughts. This painting and many others that depict emo- on shapes and the texture of nt, he realized in the mid the outer self, and municate the inner dialogue of every- will be used, which will be accompanie
tions of loneliness and isolation show Rothko's concern 1940s that he was far more inkted in the role and move- Private, the id or one's head, in a very real and comedic by some singing. "We're looking to find
with these struggles. Although this work served his pur- ment of the paint itself. This him to abandon the figure ' O'Donnell's con- way. the musicality of the language," said
pose, he soon discovered that it did not express what he altogether. Mark Rothko and tLure of a Figure: 1933- ' science. Through Offsetting the over-communication of VonHalle. "Because music is an integral
wanted to say about the human condition. 1946 shows an era of Rothko's that is rarely displayed. the course of the Gar's inner dialogue, Friel also explores part in the show."
Residing in New York City, Rothko often used the theme Although he did not find these utings satisfying in their play, as it spans the miscommunication between a father "Philadelphia, Here I come" was per-
of urban life in his work. He used settings of city squares, own right, this collection shows amazing progression one night, the two and son whose relationship suffers due formed on Broadway 326 times in 196
streets, and subways as his outlet for expressing loneiness from a frustrated expressionist t, world's first abstrac- selves must to repressed emotions spurring from the preceding Friel's more famous play
and isolation. In his "Four Figures in a Plaza" (1937), four tionist to effectively use bounda and color to express decide, whether they will stay in Ireland death of Gar's mother. "Dancing at Lughnasa;' "Translations;'
people pass by each other, headed in different directions. human depth and emotion. or immigrate to Philadelphia the next The fictitious town of Ballybeg, and the recent "Molly Sweeny.

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