I saw John Leguizamo in Ghetto Klown twice at the Ricardo Montalban Theater, while prepping for my own one man show, Stevie Mack’s Diary of a Crackhead. The first show I attended was with friends and colleagues, Wayne Brady and Michael Colyar, after the performance we went backstage to meet John Leguizamo. I told him how his show inspired me on many levels, which is the truth. From the exciting opening where he dances out onto the stage, to his riveting monologue about his relationship with his father, and the smart use of multimedia throughout, made the show complete and gave me pointers on what needed to be re-tooled in my own show.
The second time I went to see the show with my wife. She is also my manager, in more ways than one. The show was just a riveting, funny and entertaining as the previous. I notice some changes in this performance, some scenes were removed, but the show was unaffected by it. His use of pictures, video, music and lighting help elevate the story telling and move the story forward chronologically while at the same time giving back story expose’.
How it helped me with my own one man show, Stevie Mack’s Diary of a Crackhead, is another full length article all by itself, but I can elaborate on a few points here. For starters, I learned to use music, sound fx and lighting to build on and enhance some scenes. I also learned what others had been saying to me all along; show the audience through acting as opposed to telling the audience through…telling. Sure, narration is necessary, but the characters must come to life a speak their truth, this I learned as well.
My next performance os Stevie Mack’s Diary of a Crackhead will be at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Lab and details on where else to find me are at my website http://www.steviemack.com