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...

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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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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SEPARATE TABLES review

“Story Driven – Character Strong – Theatre 40’s “Separate Tables” Is Gripping!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - By Lorenzo Marchessi

It’s 1958 and at the Beauregard Hotel in England which is a place where certain people like to return to and others just like to be part of, “Separate Tables” at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills is a play that is layered with personalities, problems and surprises you’ll not see coming. “Separate Tables” made its actual debut in London in 1954 and eventually made its way to Broadway where it was nominated for the Tony award in 1957. It’s engaging. It’s got a slower pace at first – but as the information is discovered, you will become more and more entranced into where every character is going.

Produced by David Hunt Stafford and directed by Jules Aaron, the play has some unusual staging. There are literally seats in the audience where either you are trying to peer around furniture or staring at the performer’s backs. The blocking was slightly awkward. However the focus is clearly on the characters which made for some of the most of the exciting dramatic moments.

Written by Sir Terence Rattigan, “Separate Tables” is actually a mash-up of two short plays where they share a location which is a dining room in a residential hotel in Bournemouth, England. Coincidently they also share some of the same characters as well.

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ROAR review

“Speaking Out – Taking A Stand – Musically - That’s What “ROAR” Is All About!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - By Lorenzo Marchessi

Artistic directors Gary Lamb and William A. Reilly run Crown City Theatre like a theatre should be run – they use talents from all extremes of performance, acting, dancing, singing and even fresh stylistic events and shows! “ROAR” is no exception. Performed only at Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood. If you like music. You love this. If you like live performance musicians, a rockin’ band, you’ll love this. If you like classic songs of the long past, the more recent past and even new songs of the day. Again, you’ll love this!

‘Midnight Special’, ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’, ‘The Power of Love’, ‘Born In The USA’, ‘Respect’, ‘America’ (Neil Diamond), ‘American Pie’, ‘La Bomba’ are just some of the songs to name a few in this two act performance piece of the this band that call themselves ‘The 1st Amendments’! Featuring songs from artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and many more!

Conceived and written by Davitt Felder and featuring over 25 songs in two acts, it’s the musical journey through time. About songs that had something to say about society, protest songs that spoke of America and how it resonated in music and song over the decades. It’s a clever fun way to see how the world was envisioned at the time when these songs actually debut to listeners of America. Including a few original tunes as written by Davitt himself.

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MACBETH IN RHYTHM review

 “Performance Art + Shakespeare – “Macbeth In Rhythm” – Is Hypnotically Enthralling!

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - By  Lorenzo Marchessi

One of the joys of performance art is that it relies on the performances and their ability to interpret a story, music or even the abstract. Now throw in the Ol’ Bard himself and some backbeat rhythms and chanting that will haunt and send chills up your spine and you have what The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles calls “Macbeth In Rhythm” which performed right in downtown Los Angeles this spring. This is all part of the “2017-Year of Macbeth” as part of The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles yearlong celebration of Macbeth.

With only four performances of Macbeth in Rhythm at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, this limited run of an amazing interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s classics, was something to behold. Advertised as an “…experimental ensemble performance…”, it was directed by Hannah Chodos. I must say Hannah did an amazing job assembling these performers who knew the text of the Bard and was able to physicalize it all in a very dramatic, rhythmic dance presentation. The energy could be felt through the floor. The sweat could be seen on the performers brown and the gritty nature of the play just simply heart pounding for me.

The incredibly talented performers listed in alphabetical order include Sam Breen, James Cowan, Lindsey Moore Ford, Emmie Nagata, Danielle O’Terry, and Ben Weaver, and, with all their energy, they put in a very engaging and stimulating performance. The words of Shakespeare flowed but the heart and soul of the text was expelled in both word, song and the most incredibly choreographed rhythmic dancing. These performers could act. These performers could sing. These performers moved me. A cohesive team that wove a wonderful and artistic tapestry.

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