[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Noho Arts theater review of The Secret World of Archie and Mechtabel Adapted for Stage by Dan Gilvezan from sunset Moody Dryer directed the famous meditation of columnist Don Marquis. Jazz with his original score by his musician, Dan His West, who is also playing live at the White Fire Theater until October 15th.
Before this play, I knew nothing about Don Marquise. Marquis was a columnist and short story writer in early 20th century New York. Sun, new york tribune, Saturday Evening Post, harper‘s When cosmopolitanDeveloped in 1916, his most famous work was Archy, a free-verse poet in his previous life, a cockroach who jumped on a key on a Marquise typewriter and wrote poetry.
In this amazing adaptation of Marquis’ work, you arrive early one morning to find yourself in the office of “The Boss,” played by Bill Chott in a brilliant 1920s style. He walks into his office and finds a cockroach typing a poem. on his typewriter. The astonished boss is stranded while Bugs gleefully completes the task and slides into the depths of the building. What he left behind was a personal message to the boss, who he was, the cockroach Archie, beautifully performed by Dan Gilvezan when he was human, and his need to communicate. A true artist, Archy’s sole motive is to listen and tell stories about the myriad of rodents, insects and different animals he has encountered while living as a cockroach. That’s it.
The Secret World of Archie and Mechtabel An absolutely stunning piece of theater. in the truest sense of the word. Witty, humorous, and sparkle and shine with a whimsical nature that is very unique and gorgeous. Whether insect or animal, each character resonates with a brilliantly vivid charm, and is lovingly crafted, warmly written, and lovingly acted.
Cheeky ladybugs, nutty fireflies, selfish toads, hyperactive fleas, psychotic moths and the wonderfully whimsical cat Mechitabel.
Carolyn Hennessy channels more than just playing Mehtabel. She is this rampant, proud, beautifully poignant, slightly aged, ragged cat on the edge of many stories. She limp, stagger, and purr her in our hearts.
Various other bugs are played by the immensely talented Richard Horvitz and Kelly Stables, and We are serenaded on piano by seminal jazz musician Dan West.
what is so remarkable The Secret World of Archie and Mechtabel How relevant it is still. How can a play about so many poor animals be relevant? The inspiring humanity of every character seeking peace, or recognition. After all, isn’t that what we all crave? Be remembered and important.
This play about a now obscure story written so long ago has managed to retain what made it exceptional and special 100 years ago, and is now something new. It is A play that interweaves funny, clever, and deeply moving characters with their own small but vital, serene tales. I loved this play. every second of it. All exciting interpretations of all beautiful creatures. It’s magical, moving, and utterly unforgettable.
Please go there The Secret World of Archie and Mechtabel at the White Fire Theater. Everyone in this play is a stone cold genius and I am telling everyone I know they need to buy tickets ASAP!!!
Bill Chot, Dan Gilvezan, Carolyn Hennessy, Richard Horvitz & Kelly Stables
Choreographer/Dancer Buckley Sampson, Scenic Designer Jeff G. Luck, Lighting, Sound & Projection Designer Nick Forlan.Created by Josel Celine
Until October 15th
13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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