Brent Deekens is an actor, singer, playwright, and occasional director/dancer. Brent's play The Currency premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 2015, and he continues to write for future projects. In addition to his theatre and occasional film/television credits, Brent's professional life assumes a variety of vigorous, cross-country positions which include (but are not limited to) data processing, transcription, copyediting, professional recruitment, location scouting, marketing, photography, video editing, dramaturgy, professional writing, and dabbling in the visual arts. Brent was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia where he remains a conscientious participant of the local arts' community amongst many irreplaceable friends.
DAMES AT SEA, in its original lead-off at the Cafe Cino in New York City 1966, started off as a short, song-filled comedy routine spoofing the Gold Diggers flicker shows of 1930s - then a reasonably priced respite for the downtrodden working masses of The Great Depression. The chief conceit to AT SEA, as it further developed, was that the show featured a small orchestra accompanying a cast of six - a teasing contrast to Busby Berkeley's sweeping camera angles that captured the slew of sequined hoofers tearing it up to the big band blares of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Indeed, those mammoth production numbers were just the icing on the cake; indeed, the story and central characters composed the central core - a sugary element in and of itself in terms of the layers of overt sentimentality that said component whipped up.BWW Review: WINGS THE MUSICAL at Firehouse Theatre Pensively Soars March 6, 2018
I must preface this article to indicate that as much as I found this production of ALL MY SONS to be beguiling and devastatingly gripping, I found myself thinking, 'Wow, people just don't talk this way anymore. In fact, they really don't act this way anyone, either.' The play was written and set in 1947.BWW Feature: WINGS: THE MUSICAL at Firehouse Theatre February 7, 2018
In a swingin' cavalcade of big band excitement, director Tom Width and his sterling team of singer-actors, musicians and technicians have packed a real red, white and blue wallop! November 11, 2017
HILLARY AND CLINTON, a kind of seriocomedy written by Lucas Hnath, is about the Clintons... and yet it isn't. This piece is an interesting amalgamation of political intrigue and a science-fiction contrivance that takes us quite-literally out of this world.BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD at 5th Wall Theatre November 10, 2017
True to their slogan 'Theatre Beyond Boundaries,' director Lucian Restivo and the personnel at 5th Wall have executed (pun intended) a distinctly immersive theatrical gambit with pulverizing marks. By staging Murder Ballad entirely within the confines of the main room at Club Infuzion in Scott's Addition (as per the original Off-Broadway production's cue to venue selection), the audience is treated to a 360 degree display of four spellbinding actors belting out booming rock tunes whilst weaving around and about the respective patrons' tables and sitting areas.BWW Review: Eugene O'Neill's DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS at Firehouse Theatre: Simple, Brutal Brilliance November 3, 2017
For those unfamiliar with Eugene O'Neill's stark allegory of a poor family's struggle against the stagnant days of the Great Depression: don't let anyone (the internet included) spoil it for you! Not even me; and I'll keep things brief here, too. Yes, go in to see Desire Under The Elms with a clean slate! For such a warranted and temporary implementation of a kind of na vet is certain to make this haunting experience all the more visceral and captivating.BWW Review: Richmond Triangle Players' CLOUD 9: A Mysterious Cup of Tea October 7, 2017
It is this reviewer's exultant onus to relay that in the case of TheatreLAB and YES, AND's production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, director Chelsea Burke and her team have pulled out all of the stops to give the audience an unforgettable experience, with the technical follow-through and musical polish to rival any production that has ever been mounted. And these generous qualities are symbiotically aligned with the equally powerful presence of actors Christie Jackson and Alexander Sapp. It's just that freaking good.