Poetry and theatre joined together in holy matrimony on Thursday night as Archie The Messenger and Lyrical The Lyricist performed their two-man spoken word play titled “No Stage”. The two poets, who perform together under the name Writing4MyLife, met at Morgan State University and decided to join forces and become a powerful voice in the spoken word circuit. And for this event, they teamed with RS Entertainment and 5 Seasons (830 Guilford Ave.) for the opening night of their first theatrical production.
The venue was opened to the public at 8:00 p.m. with the show time at 9:15 p.m. and everyone was free before 9:00. I was very surprised to see 5 Seasons starting to fill up as early as 8:15-8:30; this was a clear indication that Writing4MyLife has a very loyal fan base that is eager to support them. As guests arrived they were greeted by a very HOT 5 Seasons, HOT as in 100+ degrees because the air was broken in the building. But they made up for it with 2 for 1 drink specials before 9:00 which managed to take our minds off the fact that we were hot and sweating.
I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect from a “spoken word play”, I was thinking Shakespeare with a twist or overly animated poets attempting to act. I am also ashamed to admit, I didn’t realize the title “No Stage” actually meant there was no stage (LOL). The set up was a large space with two lounge chairs in the middle of room and guest seating was positioned all around the room in a circular pattern so everyone could sit wherever they choose to view the performance from any angle. The show started promptly at 9:15 and opened to standing room only – all seats were taken and late comers had to stand.
The duo performed original spoken word mixed with subtle skits that pertained to the subject matter. They covered a range of things men of their genre would normally discuss…women, money, religion, stereotypes, class, and race. Archie The Messenger was definitely the actor of the two, he was always in character and very expressive with his movements, faces and voices portraying characters and setting the stage for various topics. Lyrical The Lyricist stayed true to his name and kept the crowd engaged with his word play and thought provoking metaphors. The two made a great team together managing to interact with each other but also keep their different styles and personalities distinct and interesting
I will venture to say I left the event with a different outlook on spoken word. It was different for me in comparison to previous spoken word events I’ve attended because unlike before I would only hear the words but at “No Stage”, I could see them being acted out at the same time and that kept me entertained from beginning to end.
And a special Thank You to Lyrical the Lyricist for that shout out to TheFabEmpire before ending the production…It was greatly appreciated.
BmoreFab! correspondent Arli contributed to this post