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Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:18

Theatre Review - Nightmares @ ZJU

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“A Theatrical Rush! ‘Nightmares’ Is A Dream Made Real”

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Producer and director Zombie Joe presents an experience you’ll really never forget. “Nightmares” is an ethereal and symbolic look at what journeys some dreams may take you on while you sleep. In the heart of North Hollywood, “Nightmares” is a theatrical experience with a rhythmic backbeat and has some of the most stylized and original dance sequences you’ll ever see. Perfectly stylized and choreographed by Donna Ibale, who is a veteran Zombie Joe Underground performer and talent, you’ll remember this for a long time once you’ve seen it.

This wonderful piece opens (and closes) with an amazing chant by all its performers that, for a more than a fleeting second, reminded me of the haunting and chilling chant that is seen in Stanley Kubricks’ “2001:A Space Odyssey” – the one that builds up slowly and creepy and so loudly, just after the apes touch the monolith for the first time in the beginning of the film. They do this in complete blackness and it really sets the mood for the whole production because it builds louder and louder to a dead ending. Wow, what fun!

This is a community of performers, a true ensemble piece with the following colorful and talented performers: Mathew Adams, Jason Britt, Ellen Burr, Gloria Galvan, Brett Gustafason, Samm Hill, Abel Horwitz, Donna Ibale, Leif La Duke, John Lweandowski, Rebecca Santini, Jessica Weiner, Roger K. Weiss, Kevin Van Cott, Cameron West and Corey Zicari.

The rhythmic and intensifying backbeat music is provided by the many talents of Kevin Van Cott and there is even a memorizing flutist solo that is haunting and enriching to the mood and feeling of the entire piece performed by Ellen Burr. Overall this is a moving and ethereal piece of theatre that is fresh and exciting to watch!

“Nightmares”is funny, it’s chilling, it’s scary and often comes very close to some of the fears that we have all had at one time or another while experiencing real nightmares. It’s amazing to me how many of these performers in this cast envelop the ‘spirit’ of the theme and in their expressions and in their eyes, you’ll see the horror, shock, passion and humor that appears before you in every sequence. Its body movement and performance art like you’ve never seen before.

“Nightmares” is an amazing full hour of imagination, fright, surprise, sexuality and imagery in what is truly in “Nightmares” and what they can be like. It has adult content (nudity) and adult in nature (sexual undertones) but demonstrates the dark, the light and the creepy that all our subconscious has to offer done very theatrically and with amazing passion. Don’t you dare miss this one, it may haunt you if you do. Check them out at www.ZombieJoes.com.

Pic: TOP: Donna Ibale – In Alpha: Mathew Adams, Jason Britt, Ellen Burr, Gloria Galvan, Brett Gustafason, Samm Hill, Abel Horwitz, Leif La Duke, John Lweandowski, Rebecca Santini, Jessica Weiner, Roger K. Weiss, Kevin Van Cott, Cameron West and Corey Zicari.

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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 Lorenzo@LandMProductions.com !

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