“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.

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...