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 !
“Hollywood Positive” Is Positively Hilarious!”
“Dancing On The Edge Is A Wonderful Showcase Of Movement Style”
Wrap Your Heart Around It” Is Perfectly Titled – It Will Move You!”
“For A Patriotic Boost, Thank You Minerva is The Secret Rose Theatre’s Prescription!”
The Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood has a fact-filled musical production called "Thank You Minerva" with book, music and lyrics by Alan Stillson and directed and choreographed by Alissa-Nicole Koblentz. Minerva being a muse, who is daughter of the Roman God’s Jupiter and Juno, is the one who inspires lyricists to compose some of America’s iconic songs as taken from their various periods in time past and present.
“Suburban Showgirl Is a Wonderful One-Woman Journey of Dance, Music and Song!”
The Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood presents a very unique and bizarrely entertaining production called “Night Hawks." Written by Dennis A. Pratt and Robert Vincent O’Neil, this play takes a twist or two that will leave you questioning as to how often a series of events like this can happen – again and again. (That will make sense when you see the play!)
“Poetry Reading, Edgar Allan Poe, Eclectic Performance – That’s The Raven!”
“Quirky, Funny and Full of Stuff to Think About in the “Rainbow Bar and Grill”
(Back) Kenneth Steven Bernfield , Shane Palmerton, Melinda Browne, Christopher Ocepek, Michael James Thompson (Front) Cindy Dellinger, Linda Mayer
This play is fun and a little dated in terms of its stylized dialogue and set pieces but this production directed by Sherry Coon is a play with lots of surprises. Written by Bruce Graham, the setting is 1979 in a small town bar and grill where an apparent plague or apocalypse is taking over the world. This is what makes The Vagabond Players Theatre Company production of “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grill” so much fun to watch at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood.
Shane Palmerton plays Shep who is an aspiring writer who has everything apparently he needs to get a very specific writing job done. Shane plays the quirky nerd of a writer wanna-be extremely well. His innocence and self-deprecation are real and extremely honest. He was fun to watch and his reactions are quite honest for the moments.
Linda Mayer plays Virginia, a lady who is the second person apparently required to get that same specific job done. Linda’s range of passion for her convictions and suddenly warming up to Shep and his causes was quite entertaining. Linda seems to have a great chemistry with Shane and it’s fun to watch the two of them interact with each others quirks and issues.
Shep has some very eccentric and somewhat usual friends like Roy, an overly excited mechanic played energetically by Christopher Ocepek and Willie, an overzealous, somewhat loony, gun wielding neighbor played by Michael James Thompson who does a convincing job of taking the ego driven megalomaniac to the extreme. The two of them have their own funny traits that seem to confuse and amuse everyone else.
Now add a misguided girlfriend with very little ambition other than what seems to be a little more than materialistic and shallow desires on her part and you have Cindy Dellinger playing Shirley. Cindy does the nagging thing quite well and tries to manipulate Shep into doing a lot of things that are not in his best interest.
There’s even a stranger in town who seems generous with his advice although maybe not the best suggestions to be taken seriously played unusually and uniquely by Kenneth Steven Bernfield. His overextended personality seems to match his overextended ideals for the group.
Now for my favorite part, with the world ending in 1979 in the outside world and people fearing it’s the last of everything, into the Rainbow Bar & Grill walks God. God is looking for a writer to take all the religious philosophies of the worlds and all the books, philosophies and extract the true beliefs from all of them and get rid of the rest. God needs a writer and a helper. God chooses Shep and Virginia for this task, doubtful as they are.
God (or “Jo” as God introduces herself) is creatively and whimsically played by Melinda Browne. Talk about having fun with a role! Melinda is snarky, witty and fun with her deliveries and amazingly real that I would often think if God were practical and reasonable he/she might come off as this sharp and intelligent as Melinda played it. It was just complete fun to watch Melinda play God for “real” with her own unique twisted smarminess.
What a great time you’ll have in this quirky town of the past that gets visitors of all kinds, some of which have a humorous yet poignant purpose. It's a wonderful production that is well performed and you can check them out at www.thevagabondplayers.com.
“Improv Performance Can Be Intense in “Tell Me My Secrets”!”
The Actor’s Work Out Studio in North Hollywood presents once again an amazing production of “Tell Me My Secrets” created by Fran Montano and John Loprieno. It’s an evening where you, as part of the audience, create and shape the story that unfolds in an improv format style of acting.