Marx in Soho at Lasell

By Lindsey Jones

On February 16 in the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, Bob Weick captured the spirit of Karl Marx in his show, Marx in SoHo. Throughout his performance, Weick captivated audiences by acting out the real life of Karl Marx. Students and faculty, all there for different reasons, left with a new view on capitalism and America.

Bob Weick travels around the country acting as theorist Karl Marx, preaching his ideology to people everywhere. The show begins with a short film introduction. During the film, people begin to see what Marx’s ideas really were, and how they are related to today’s society. The introduction also captures who Howard Zin was, and talks about his work. After the introduction, Weick comes on stage, immersed in his character, as Karl Marx.

Weick started his show by explaining what his ideas were all about. After the audience had a grasp on Marx’s beliefs, he began talking about his personal life, getting deeper into why he felt the way he did. Weick as Marx mesmerized audiences, telling stories about his life by constantly instituting passion within his voice.  After reflecting on his life, he began connecting his beliefs with today’s society. This part of the show engaged the audience the most, because it was a section that they could connect with personally.

Marx in SoHo was a great show for anyone to enjoy. When asked about her thoughts on the show, freshman Maddie Newton, 19,  said she, “didn’t have a strong background with communism or Karl Marx but some of the points made me alter my view on how different our world could be.”

Throughout his life, Marx had the goal of changing the way the world looked, and with a play like this one people finally have a chance to see what Marx really envisioned. For more information about Bob Weick and the show click here.

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