Knowing The Path
Joined: 04 May 2001 05:25
I don't know if anybody has heard about this, but there was a play done about the Matrix. Here is a review of a play.
<br><br><< <i>April 8, 2000
Review of Neo! A Matrix Musical by Fiona
I've attached a copy of the flyer to give credit where credit is due-to the
fabulous cast and crew of Neo! A Matrix Musical. To give you an idea of the
scene last night, the Live Bait is a small local theatre which seats about
100-120 max. The crowd was pretty eclectic so I knew this would at least be
an interesting time..now, on with the show!
There is no set for this musical. The stage and backdrop are completely
black with the cast bringing their own props on stage with them. They have
pretty much stayed true to the script as well as adding some of their own
pretty funny dialogue. In the opening scene where Trinity (Tracy Tanguay)
has been found by the agents (Ryan C LaFleur and Alphie Jimenez), the
slow-motion fight scene is brilliantly reenacted with the use of strobe
lights but soon turns into a dance number titled "The Escape Overture". The
agents fly Trinity around the stage by her arms, do a little soft shoe with
her followed by a few pirouettes. I didn't know agents could dance so well!
With the introduction of Neo (Paul Vitulli) , his character has slightly
changed. He now appears to be a young man with raging hormones whenever
Trinity is around. He's annoyed that someone has hacked into his computer
and wonders aloud why the hell he bought a Mac. This brings us to the
second musical number, "The Whoa Song". You can just imagine...
Micah Smyth as Agent Smith is dead on in his performance. The look, the
monotone voice, everything. When the agents are interrogating Neo, and Agent
Smith tells him they know about his two lives ("in one you are Thomas A.
Anderson..you have a social security number" etc.) the other life is
suddenly revealed to be the one that "makes really bad movies". Agent Smith
proceeds to list off a few of Keanu's memorable roles, suddenly looks down
and says "sorry..wrong file".
The introduction of Morpheus is incredible. Gregory Lance Williams is a
dead ringer for Laurence Fishbourne. He's younger and slimmer (and has
these incredible green eyes...grrrrrrr) and had his mannerisms and voice
down to perfection. The offering of the blue or red pill turns into "Take
The Paa-ill"..a rap performed by Morpheus explaining how the computers took
over, etc. Brilliant! During Morpheus's later explanations of the world as
we know it, Neo seems completely disinterested, falling asleep. When he
later asks Morpheus questions, Morpheus becomes quite annoyed and eventually
tells Neo to "shut the f-k up".
It's now time to see the Oracle. Marisa Paonessa is fantastic in this
role. She stands about 5' and wears a giant afro with a scarf tied around
it, bright green bell bottoms and a psychedelic print shirt. Her entrance
music is "Brick House" which has her groove out onto the stage. As the
Oracle is checking out Neo's "cute butt" she tells him he's not the one by
singing "You Ain't The One Blues".
Etc., etc. The rest is played out in great comedic form including the
original Matrix soundtrack and score. The rescue of Morpheus was
brilliantly staged with strobe lights and black outs. Neo's bullet dodging
scene was choreographed with the strobe going, and someone kneeling on all
fours behind Neo so that he could bend back so that the appearance was true
to the movie...but cheaper special effects!!
The crowd gave the cast a very deserving standing ovation. One of the best
local theatre productions I have seen in a long time. Highly recommended!!!</i> >><br><br>
Here is a link to the flyer pic. http://keanuland.com/images/members/neo.jpg http://keanuland.com/images/members/neo.jpg