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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 12:07:17 AM
Tesla Ex Machina Review
by: Ezekiel McAdams

Tesla Ex Machina Review

By Ezekiel McAdams

                Tesla Ex Machina is a one man show that comes from actor and writer, Ricky Coates , from Seattle, Washington.

                Tesla is the story of Nikola Tesla, his dreams, his fears and his neurotic tendencies performed brilliantly by Coates who makes you believe you are watching this as a fly on the wall in Tesla's lab.

                Coates grounds the 60 minute production in believability and nuance as  the audience watches him wrestle with his inner demons, his nagging mother and his desperation to not only be a great inventor but to get recognized for his work as well.

                Coates ability to alternate both facial expressions and physical language is beautifully directed as we experience the ups and downs in Tesla's life. Special mention to a scene where Coates tap dances and it is surreal and hauntingly sublime.

                Tesla is obviously important to Coates who pours a lot of his passion into the role, almost gripping the audience with him.

                The direction is good, moving fast when it needs to but also allowing quiet moments to breathe.

                Tesla Ex Machina is a wonderful performance by Coates and anyone who not only loves good theatre but Tesla himself should see this wonderful production.

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