exaggerated faces and take chances that would make a Meisner teacher question his calling. Does this creative abandon and lack of established boundaries work for the dark and brutally countercultural “Notes From Underground”? Like gangbusters.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage
This kind of thing makes for difficult reading, and extremely difficult performing. Blomgren solves that conundrum with a blend of fearlessness and a comic timing. It helps he manages to remain in character with such power, and retains that quality all good actors need–interest. One can hardly take one’s eyes off of the man.
David MacDowell Blue – Night-Tinted Glasses
“Dostoevsky’s Notes From Undergound” at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood is a wildly maddening, passionate and energetic interpretation with a modern twist – it’s one ‘hellava’ play to watch!
Lorenzo Marchessi – NoHoArtsDistrict
With this fifty minute stage version, however (give or take some minutes depending on how quickly the actors speed through the text), the audience is dealt affectation for affectation’s sake, irreverence without relevance, and above all, Josh T. Ryan’s visionless direction, which, since it doesn’t seem to know where it’s going, takes incongruous stabs at how to get there.
Jesse David Corti – Stage and Cinema
Despite the little stage at Zombie Joe’s, director Josh T. Ryan and the cast do an excellent job at using the room they have within and around the audience, making the audience feel as though they’ve been transported to each and every setting.
Mary Lansing – LifeInLA
Even transposed from 19th-century St. Petersburg to the urban wilderness of modern-day Los Angeles, Dostoevsky’s hilariously unforgiving novella about the extremes of self-consciousness proves an excruciating roller-coaster plunge into hairpin-turned self-abasement.
Bill Raden – LA Weekly
Whatever draws you to see Notes From Underground you will find something here to satisfy your deepest darkest desires.
Spencer Cotter – The_Detective
Likewise if Zombie Joe’s Underground by its slick, manic, and very funny rendering of “Notes“ is how someone is lured into reading Dostoevsky, so be it. Does it degrade a classic of world literature into a glitzy caricature of itself? Yeah, I guess. But it also scrubs the cobwebs of academia off a work usually remembered in connection with the tedium of some High School lecture to display it as something fresh and surprisingly vibrant. Besides, it’s only fifty-frigging-minutes! That’s not time enough to go clambering up onto your high horse.
Ernest Kearney – Working Author
NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Fridays @ 8:30pm; Jan. 11–March 1, 2013
Tickets: (818) 202-4120
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