Last night I saw the production of Venus in Fur at Good Luck Macbeth. This was actually the second time I have seen this production, the first time was on media night, when I had the pleasure of taking many wonderful photos of the production and the actors and the energy that they brought to the play. Last night, however I just went to enjoy an experience without taking photos. Of course I found the play quite a bit more polished as the first time I saw it was actually the last dress rehearsal. What struck me most was Ashley Marie James’s Energy and vibrancy in the role of Vanda, I have seen her in many roles over the years and indeed she is coming into a space of finding her voice and owning her roles with such passion and power. Acting alongside Micheal Dewayne; who is playing the role of Thomas Novachek; the writer-director of a new play that is being cast. These two actors bring dynamic energy to a twisty plot that is fun and sexy and also quite thought-provoking. Examining the role of man and woman in a classic and sexy power-play expressed so vividly without filters. The interplay of these two actors is quite something to experience, and I do mean experience, in this intimate venue I felt their emotions as they guided me through this story of passion and control. Joe Atack brings smoothness to the buildup with his direction that feels natural and unforced. I do recommend if you have a chance to see Venus in Fur this weekend that you see it as this weekend will be your last chance to see this run of the show.
If you haven’t been to Good Luck Macbeth you should find time to stop by and see one of the productions that they offer. Good Luck Macbeth is a small black box style theater and is very intimate; run by people who are very passionate about what they are creating. This is a place where passion for entertaining lives, every element; from lighting to sets to scripts to casting and directing come together to bring the actors to the audience.
Good Luck Macbeth is fast becoming a staple of the Midtown district.
Here is a link to find out more about the plays that are coming up and other offerings from Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company.