Ernest Kearney, an award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note, has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist three times in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His play Peddle was selected by the Midwest Theatre Network as one of the best plays of 1997. His most recent work 'The Salt Prince' was awarded honors from the Nathan Miller History Play Contest as well as the Fremont Center Theatre Play Contest. A passionate theatre and history buff, Mr. Kearney's reviews can be found on workingauthor.com and TheTVolution.com. Hang with him on Facebook. Comments welcome.

REDLINE AND SINNER'S LAUNDRY review

by Ernest Kearney — Forgiveness seems to be the theme of “Redline,” now playing in rep with “Sinner’s Laundry” at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. The Christian Durso two-character drama is premiering as part of IAMA Theatre Company’s tenth anniversary season celebration.

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THIS LAND review

In "This Land," at The Company of Angels, playwright Evangeline Ordaz, uses a parcel of earth to structure a breathtakingly ambitious history of this city and its people that stretches over a century and a half.

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RUNAWAY HOME review

"Runaway Home" by playwright Jeremy J. Kamps, is a cannonade of language that comes at the audience like canister shot. It also asks one of the great questions in life, “Can all the king’s horses and all the king’s men…?” If you see the play as a “cannonade of language” then Camille Spirlin in the pivotal role of Kali, is definitely the fuse who whips through this piece with a force only slightly less formidable than Katrina.

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GREY NOMAD review

An evening full of simple humanity and simple humor which will gobsmack you with a simple fairdinkum about life, if you play by all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.

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LA RAZON BLINDADA review

Vargas’ direction is emotionally full, as can be understood from the nature of the material. Hope, despair, rage; there is not a base he leaves untouched as he gives form to the explosion on stage. He also brings forth that savior of mankind: laughter. La Razón Blindada achieves many things on stage, it is disturbing, hopeful, insightful but more than anything else, it is staggeringly funny. I cannot recall a show where physical comedy has been so prominent to the story or as superbly performed.

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SILENT SKY review

"Silent Sky" is a well-crafted feel-good evening in the theatre. If playwright Lauren Gunderson had decided to draw on Scottish history for her play then we may have wound up with a sweet love story about that couple with the funny accents the Macbeths. But for a play with “drama-lite” as its most egregious flaw the International City Theatre is a perfect venue.

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MISTERO BUFFO review

Vlahos’ honesty of intent and his clownish mastery that detonates on stage in an explosion of agonized humanity in order to find resurrection in a combative mockery of the masses is mesmerizing to watch.

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