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Theatre Review >> “Measure For Measure“

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Fast, Free-Spirited, Fun & Forceful Is Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure!

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The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company has again come up with another energetic and dynamic performance of one of William Shakespeare’s works called ‘Measure For Measure’ at The Whitmore Lindley Theatre in North Hollywood. You will see some really electric performances that, when mixed with a complex and diverse story, create a wonderful production you’ll remember.

Director and lead actor Thomas Bigley gives an enormous passion to his choice of staging and direction that doesn’t distract from his own sharpened performance. Written by Shakespeare in 1603, Thomas is playing the lead role of Duke Vincentio who also doubles his identity as the Friar Lodowick to basically perceive how his city and people are running the community that is his reign. Thomas is clear and quick and often poignant with all his deliveries and very interesting to watch.

Generally considered a comedy, most critics feel it’s one of Shakespeare’s more ‘broken’ dramas. This theatre's production makes it interesting and funny where it needs to be and the drama comes from the multi-leveled characters and the lies they weave.

For example, an incredible performance was given by Jennifer Bronstein who plays Isabella, a novice nun who passionately pleads for her brother’s life. Jennifer is real and sincere in relating her pain to the audience. Now there is a quirky, although rushed, but memorable performance by Gus Krieger who plays a Lord who is more than a little nosey, curious and often in the right place at the right time for the wrong reasons.

pic 002 jennifer_bronstein.png - 379.24 KbAnother smaller, yet standout performance was that of Sean Faye, who plays the Constable Elbow who energetically leaps out with his proud and ruffled brashness. His expressions are filled with passion! The character designed to run the community while the Duke does his double identity is Angelo, played rather realistically if a bit timidly by Justin Michael Terry.

Believing things could not get more complicated, the character Mariana tries to help Isabella but has some passions and desires of her own she is hiding. Kate O’Toole plays Mariana boldly and with conviction that supports both her and the rest of the cast.

Other noteworthy performances came from that of Timothy Portnoy playing Provst, the person who runs the prison and follows the orders of Angelo with some trepidation. Timothy was right to the point and energetic. Matt Colloway playing Isabella’s convicted brother gives a sympathetic reading of his character.s woe.

The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company really does extremely good Shakespeare productions even with Shakepeare's not-so-well-known plays. Watching ‘Measure For Measure’ really invigorates the respect and passion that you can only get in live Theater. I applaud this production for its boldness, passion and fun! This production runs til October 28 at Whitmore Lindley Theatre 11006 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood. 818 325-2055


Pic 001 Jacques Freydont and Justin Michael Terry
Pic 002 Jennifer Bronstein

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Lorenzo Marchessi

Based in Southern California, not far from Downtown Hollywood - Lorenzo Marchessi. has always enjoyed movies, music and theatre first hand. Currently living in the San Fernando Valley Area called the ‘No Ho Arts District properly’ (Originally from Chicago!) – More than fond of Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Dramas, Animation, Independent Films and of course Comedies. I like the short film and the long film (as long as their good!) I saw my first film at the age of six - HELLO DOLLY and I saw LOGAN'S RUN ten times in the theatre! Having actually worked in the production of Film, TV, Radio and live Theatre I can always understand the work that goes into creating ANY Movie, Television Show, Theatre Production, DVD, CD's and even Live Concerts. I love to write and been doing it for decades - literally! I always appreciate any feedback or comments! P.S. My all-time favorite film is ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE along with THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE DESCENDANTS, my favorite TV series of all-time is STAR TREK as well as FRINGE and THE BIG BANG THEORY, my favorite performing artist of all-time is BARRY MANILOW, my favorite actor of all time MR. JACK LEMON and my favorite theatrical productions to date is WICKED and THE PRODUCERS. Contact: Lorenzo M. at !

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