VoixDeVille — Past and Future

December 18, 2008

Burgess Guitar & Fork

I went to VoixDeVille at Indigo at the Atlas Theater last Saturday.  I got my cheese plate and a Diet Coke!!!!  So things are looking up service-wise.

It was great to see Terri Allen, Lonny Smith, and Justin Ritchie do their In Full Light piece.  The three are terrific performers and I loved them singing their songs.  I also love a show where Help is the second-oldest song in the line-up.  And Mary Sugar provided fabulous musical support (but what else would one expect). I feel that these terrific performers have not yet achieved their full potential with this piece, especially in terms of show structure and connective  tissue.  So it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a next edition.

The rest of the evening was more of a mixed bag than the previous time I went.  But there was a pleasantly mixed crowd, so let’s hope we see more!!!  Congratulations to Scott Burgess — host and producer — to how far you’ve gotten this so far!

Here’s the line-up for Saturday:*

martin&lewisTHE CROONER AND THE COMIC – pays tribute to America’s beloved show business duo, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Bringing this comical duet back to the stage are Eric Richardson as Dean Martin and Matt Macis as Jerry Lewis.  With their impeccable timing, world class vocals and over-the-top antics, this Martin & Lewis tribute will leave audiences caught up in this wild pair’s hijinx, begging for more!

ERIC RICHARDSON (The Crooner) –  is an actor, vocalist, celebrity impersonator and an overall master of “character” having played diverse roles ranging from Fagin in Oliver, to Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, to that homespun lawyer, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. He has appeared on stage, in film and on several TV series. His approach to any character lies in his pursuit of detail, which makes every one of his characters unique and whole.
MATT MACIS (The Clown) –  began his professional career at age 16 in Ken Davenport’s Awesome 80s Prom. At age 19, he was deemed “a genuine find” by the Washington Post for his work in Bat Boy (Landless Theatre Co., DC). Now 20, his resume includes a national tour, TV, film, and work as the “Lewis” half of the Martin & Lewis Tribute. He is also the world’s youngest working professional Michael Jackson tribute artist. GOOGLE him!

John McBride
John McBride
John is half-black, half-Italian, mixed with a little Jewish, and probably some other stuff, but he is 100% funny. At least that’s what his mom says. John’s material inspired by the stupid things his friends say, his romantic misadventures, and food he doesn’t like – has been quoted in the Washington Post. McBride was a finalist in DC Improv’s Funniest Person in DC contest 2007. He has worked with comics Ted Alexandro, DC Benny, and Tony Rock, and is a regular at the DC Improv. He co-writes the popular blog “Not Hating Just Saying,” featured on Gawker.com

 Don’t Miss this on-going one ring circus of quality shows featuring performers who are making a different kind of noise. Experience something you cannot get in your living rooms, on any TV set, home theater or computer. VoixDeVille the voice of the city.

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The Indigo Room
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Box Office 202-399-7993 x2
For booking information call Scott Burgess
202-399-7993 x121
The Atlas is accessible by MetroBus, Rail and Taxi
Contact the Box Office for Tickets and More Details

roomindigo.com or atlasarts.org


Doors: 7:30 pm
Performance: 8:00 pm
Tickets: 15.00 (buy on line at atlasarts.org)

Variety on a Saturday Night

November 25, 2008

Burgess Guitar & Fork

Ron and I caught the second installment of the VoixDeVille series at Indigo at the Atlas Theater Saturday night.  Scott Burgess (left) is the emcee and put together a terrific lineup for the evening.

After Burgess played and sang a couple of numbers, Vijai Nathan, a terrific storyteller did a piece about trying, as an Indian-American girl, to adapt to her Jewish fiance’s family.  Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater did a lovely set of early 20th century songs.  Later Jaster played the musical saw accompanied by Burgess on guitar.  Karen Bariss did some delightfully un-slick magic*, and Terri Allen, Lonny Smith, and Justin Ritchie performed selections from their forthcoming show (which at present seems to be titled In Full Light), accompanied by Alex Tang.

Burgess has expressed the fact that he was influenced by Ed Sullivan as a child and it clearly shows in the variety of the assembled talents.  And of course, the best part is that if an act isn’t to your taste it will soon be over and something new will be up.** A series like this ultimately depends on the taste of the booker, and from what I saw, this venture seems to be off to a good start.

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If I can ever get a link to promotional Web site or a contact e-mail address, I will happily provide it so that the show can find an audience (which is always difficult if an audience can’t find the show).The one disappointing aspect of the evening was the food/beverage service in the room itself.  I can understand being out of the cheese plate and not making coffee/tea available but NO DIET COKE????!!!!  After Ron tried ordering 3 reasonably common drinks and being told they weren’t available, he settled for bottled water, and he never got the cheesecake he ordered.  On an economic front, I hardly begrudge a room a $10 minimum per person; but I find it irksome when the offerings are this limited and scattershot.

* I am long-inured to the fact that if I want to see stage magic, I have to go without Ron.  However, he really enjoyed her act.

** I always think of Charlene James-Duguid saying that in the bygone days of the Source Theater Festival she could always get her husband Jim to the evenings of ten-minute plays for this very reason.