Lorenzo Marchessi is a Chicago born transplant to Southern California who has several degrees in Theatre, Film, Radio, Television, Business and Communications and has worked both on stage and on camera before working directly behind the scenes for stage and screen. Directing over 50 theatrical shows like Annie, A View From The Bridge and Noises Off for the stage, he has written and produced over 100 shorts, TV spots and live entertainment venues. The one thing he has done the most is writing. With stage play, teleplay and screenplay writing credits behind him has received most acclaim and Critics Choice awarded (twice in Illinois as well as Iowa and CA) and has been reviewing since his college days. Currently the owner/President of The Geek Authority which reviews, interviews, does live video feeds and photo expose's at more that 50 conventions a year that feature Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Anime/Comics/TV/Films/Products/Music/Toys/Celebrities/Pop Culture related events. Also, Lorenzo is constantly reviewing over 150 theatrical events (plays. concerts, opera, live entertainment) a year all over Southern CA, AZ and NV. The Geek Authority is now over 7 years old and has expanded with correspondents all over the country. Google or IMDB him - you'll see...

THE MARRIAGE ZONE REVIEWED BY LORENZO MARCHESSI review

“”The Marriage Zone” Is Fantastic! Part Sci-Fi, Part Comedy, Part Wow!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY -  By Lorenzo Marchessi

Writer and director Jeff Gould is back with an amazing originally fresh modern piece that stirs and combines the elements of a modern day ‘Leave it To Beaver’ meets ‘back To the Future’ in stirs and mixes it all in a pot called ‘The Twilight Zone’. It’s The ...Secret Rose Theatre’s (in North Hollywood) production of “The Marriage Zone” and it’s funny, witty, charming and enlightening in a very weird way! (And I love Sci-Fi!)

Without spoiling it for you it’s a wonderful story of a couple (Beth and Cal) with one son (Ryan). Through the magic of creative writing, they meet their younger selves (Named Ellie and Skip). Then, at the same time, they meet their older selves (Mike and Liz). Its alternate universes crosses streams – I think. Both at the same time, yes, at the same time. Now, this show was double cast and bear with me as I try to explain the wonderful performances and the characters they play of the cast that I saw…

Ann Leighton plays Beth – the now Beth plays a delightful mother and wife who wants a change. Selling the house they lived in for so long, her life with her husband Cal has become more than stale – why? Well Ann gives an exciting and passionate performance with all the energy needed to eventually show everyone can change their mind, attitude and passions. I love her interactions with both her younger and older selves. I loved her energy and passion for really brining home some very important family issues and hurdles.

Pic 001 – Top L. – Ann Leighton, Ryan Cargill, Megan Barker, Jeff Pride - Top R. – Ann Leighton, Jeff Pride, Alex Hyde-White, Jaycee Jule - Center Pic - Jeff Pride, Ciaran Brown, Ann Leighton

 

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THE MARRIAGE ZONE REVIEWED BY LORENZO MARCHESSI review

“ “Dial M” Held The Test Of Time – A Smart & Clever Murder Tale Even For Today!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY -  By Lorenzo Marchessi

“Dial M For Murder”, the play, first premiered in 1952 on BBC Television, before being performed on stage that same year in London's West End in June, and then New York's Broadway in October also of that same year. Two years later, Warner Brothers r...eleases the classic Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name to much success. Now this is something that everyone should see and it’s from the marvelous talents of The Group Rep company at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.

Frederick Knott, penned this tale of mystery, intrigue and misdirection that became so popular it has been performed, filmed and even 3-D over the past 60 years with much success. This cleverly directed production was sharply guiding by director Bruce Kimmel who gives the piece a smart edge and allowed the actors to roll with a modern spin on these characters. Although set in London, 1954, it has a modern ‘feel’ to it and therefore made it a completely ‘real’ mystery that still holds its mystery and intrigue today!

Simply put, when playboy tennis pro Tony Wendice discovers his rich wife, Margot is having an affair with handsome American Mark Hallidy, he devises an ingenious plot to murder her. But when his scheme takes an unexpected, deadly twist, Tony improvises—implicating Margot for first degree murder – but...

Pic 001 – Top L. – Adam Jonas Segaller, Michael Rob – Top R. – Justin Waggle, Carrie Schroeder, Adam Jonas Segaller – Bot. L. – Michael Robb, Carrie Schroeder – Bot. R. – Justin Waggle, Carrie Schroeder – Center Pic – Doug Haverty, Carrie Schroede

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S RUSH review

Artistic Director Sebastian Munoz did an amazing job bring together some wonder writers, directors and talent to produce about one hour of surprisingly funny shorts all springing around – with many twist and turns – modernized to local Los Angeles locations – and still, all centered at its core with Shakespeare’s classic we all know and love.

Force Of Nature production Of “Midsummer Night’s Rush” is a fanciful farce with a Shakespearean twist! And it’s fun and funny for adults and young adults alike. There is adult language. If you love Shakespeare or you just to want experience Elizabethan Bard’s noteworthy tales in very fun way come this this show. Bring your friends – they’ll thank you for it after.

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THE MARRIAGE ZONE REVIEWED BY LORENZO MARCHESSI review

“FON’s Production Of “Midsummer Night’s Rush” Is A Fanciful Farce With A Shakespeare Twist!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

Force Of Nature Productions presents “A Midsummer Night’s RUSH” at the Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood….which, in a nutshell, is taking three weeks to decide on the themes (from the works of Shakespeare himself), pick th...e props, write the short scripts, cast the scenes, rehearse, direct and produce this new fun farceful take on the Bard himself – to produce five inventive pieces – wrap it up with a bright comedy bow and call it “A Midsummer Night’s RUSH !” Here’s what you are in for!

“Rough Magic” written by Marnie Olson and directed by Francisco Roel.
It’s “The Tempest” at the La Brea Tar Pits – with Anastasia Elfman, Alex G-Smith and Michael Guthrie. OMG - too funny! Anastasia knocked it out of the park with her transition and characterization of two personalities. She was fun and comically inventive with her actions and attitude. Alex was Anastasia’s perfect foil as her comic timing was sharp and smart and these two just made me laugh in hysterics. Michael shinned as the crack dealer with such a precise twitch driven performance and hysterical responses. This really cracked me up!

“The Sound And The Furry” written by Tom Jones and directed by Andy Schultz.
It’s “Macbeth” at the Los Angeles Zoo with Madeleine Kang, Sheen Midori and Jerry Chappell. Madeline and Sheen just did a wonderful cat and mouse game as reincarnated – opposite sexed former Kings in the afterlife. While trans-gendering Jerry is reincarnated as MacBeth’s wife in charge of the afterlife’s HR duties and gives a colorfully demanding list of HR do’s and don’ts to the newly acquired in purgatory. This was smart and very funny.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Alex G-Smith, Michael Guthrie, Anastasia Elfman – Top Middle - Madeleine Kang, Sheen Midori, Jerry Chappell – Top R. - Janet Lee, Jonathan Agurcia, Kelli Maroney – Bot L. - Monet Hendricks, Roman Guastaferro – Bot. Middle - Tom Jones, Jennifer Weisner, David Kaufman, Jennifer N. Chun – Bot R. - Michael Guthrie, David Kaufman

 

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I AM NOT A COMEDIAN...I'M LENNY BRUCE review

“’I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce” Is A Fantastic & Dynamic One Man Show at Theatre 68!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

Theatre 68 in North Hollywood has brought an amazing and colorfully entertaining one-man show that explores the inner thoughts of a legendary comic performer and it’s done with amazing style and panache – it’s called “I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce”.Staring Ronnie Marmo as Lenny himself – it was both an exciting and truly an audience immersive experience. Ronnie brings this real feeling person to life. The humor, the confusion and often his inner thoughts (often very funny) to life with such charm and pace – your will forget you are not ‘really’ watching the actual Lenny Bruce. I was impressed with the attitude and light-heartedness of the various points in Lenny’s life that Ronnie really enveloped and made compassionate, and above all, fun for the audience. It’s a truly tour de force performance for Ronnie.

If you didn’t know, he was born Leonard Alfred Schneider (Birth October 13, 1925 and died August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name “Lenny Bruce”, was a Jewish-American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist who was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. It was his 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York State, by then-Governor George Patak back in 2003. He paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States.

Pic 001 – Center – Top L. - Ronnie Marmo – Top R. – Two Pics are Lenny Bruce – Bot. L. - Joe Mantegna, Ronnie Marmo – Bot. R. - Joe Mantegna
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TOUGH BROWN LEATHER review

“Amazing One-Woman Show About Life, Adulthood, Family & Football –“Tough Brown Leather” Is Powerful!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi and the Hollywood Fringe Experience #01

The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood was the home of a very powerful and moving piece. It is a performance piece of a personal exposition of a young woman’s experiences and embellished in a very dramatic way. Mixed with humor and various dialogues of parents, friends, mentors and more and it was called “Tough Brown Leather”. It’s an amazing one hour experience and something to be seen.

Written and performed by Tonya Jones, a young actress with a wonderful bold personality and a dramatic performer who lets her passions and past reveal some very charming, warm and even some very traumatic experiences about her life and centering it all around her favorite sport, football. She created this character ‘Sara’ – who is funny and warm - and used both life experiences and some colorful ties-ins to create the vivid life of an young eight year old growing into womanhood and her strength, her persecution and her desire and love of football as a metaphor for her life growing up,

Directed by Michael Phillip Edwards who allowed Tanya to have a very well blocked usage of her stage with only two chairs and the images projected behind her as her props, which gave the show a strong center and real sense of warmth and charm.

Pic 001 – All pics - Tonya Jones

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THE IMAGINARY INVALID review

Good People “Kentwood Players Does Drama Well – “The Good People” Is Touching & Very Very Real!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY By Lorenzo Marchessi

Hitting the New York stages in 2011 and receiving many awards and nominations for its poignant realism of life and the sometimes harsh cards we all are dealt with throughout life, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire wrote “Good People” with the heart and soul of the human condition – from the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Set in South Boston, with a working-class neighborhood which falls on hard times, Margaret Walsh is fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter, represent a large portion of today's society. It’s her past, present and evolving future that makes all these characters alive, interesting and dynamic.

Producer Susan Goldman Weisbarth and director by Gail Bernardi with a nice three set sectioned (and then a full living room) as designed by Doug Carlson and Scott Renfro, the play is very moving and filled with small moments of humor and lots of shocking surprises. All are performance driven and all very real and timely in today’s questionable political environment.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Scot Renfro, Allison Reeves – Top R. - Melodie S. Rivers, Susan Stangl, Margie Bates – Bot. L. - Susan Stangl, Scot Renfro – Bot R. - Beau Smith, Susan Stangl

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LONG WAY DOWN review

Long Way Down “It’s Bizarre, It’s Creepy – But Magnetically Engaging At The Same Times – “Long Way Down” Is Different”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY By Lorenzo Marchessi

Collaborative Artists Ensemble presents one of the most interestingly creepy productions I have seen in a long while. Although motivated by a religious thread of ‘god told me too’ mentality, “Long Way Down” generated an extreme uncomfortable feeling as the story unfolded and it was performed at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood. Not that this is bad thing, but it definitely makes you wonder if there are real people who think this way and do this kind of thing.

Written by Nate Eppler and directed by Steve Jarrard, (who also did the very definitive scenic design) – it tells the story of a lady who for personal, religious and somewhat overblown self-righteous reasons – sees the need to kidnap, kill and bury children. There. I said it. Now for me it was the performance that kept me glued. Their high energy and over the top insanity something like this subject matters needs to feel ‘real’.

Lauri Hendler plays Karen and she is the woman who has this religious mission combined with a psychotic need to steal and kill babies that is so bizarre and so wrong- that it was her performance that glued me to the stage. Often wild-eyed and demanding, yet sympathetic to Meg’s character – while lying through her teeth – Lauri gives a perfect ‘villain’ performance in a non-villain role. I loved just despising what she represented. I had to unplug my mind to remind myself she was an actress and did a good job making me dislike her character. That’s good acting.

Pic 001 – Top L. - Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace – Top R. - Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace – Bot. L. - Lane Wray, Meg Wallace – Bot. R. - Lane Wray, Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace

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ANNIE GET YOUR GUN review

Annie Get Your Gun “ “Annie Get Your Gun” Is A Rip Roarin’ Fun Musical For The Whole Family!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - By Lorenzo Marchessi

Premiering on Broadway in 1946 for the first time with the original show stopper herself – Ethel Merman. Glendale Center Theatre does it again with a rip-roaring fun revival of “Annie Get Your Gun”! It’s a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a richly fictionalized version of the life of the real Annie Oakley (1860–1926), a sharpshooter from the Ol’ West who starred in the real Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows, and her almost hap-hazard romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler (1847–1926).

Director Tim Dietlein did, once again, two things well – he cast the show with talented performances and allowed the story to unfold in a very fun, musical and visual way that young and old will adore. The music is fun, the dance is broad and the story is full of moments of laughter and heartwarming relationships.

Victoria Strong is Annie Oakley and she has an amazing voice and was channeling innocence, the Ol’ West, and the smarts of a woman who has been raising her brothers and sisters with compassion and heart. Her amazing sense of humor and timing along with the fantastic talent of song and dance will make you both laugh out loud and sing along. She will surprise and just crack you up when she sings songs like "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" and "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun". Her song "They Say It's Wonderful" was such a wonderful sentiment of this character’s inner desire and Victoria was amazing performing it.

Pic 001 – Top L. – Victoria Strong, Andrew Husmann - Top Center Two Pics – Cast of AGYG – Top R. – Victoria Strong, Andrew Husmann - Bot. L. - Thomas H. Killam – Bot. Center Two Pics – Cast of AGYG – Bot. R. - Victoria Strong, Frank Rodriguez

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