Writer: Ernest Kearney

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.
Jul

Triptych

All playwrights of any merit explore those vast and stretching abysses that form human relationships. In his earlier work, “The Size of Pike” and now in “Triptych,” writer Lee Wochner shows he prefers to delve into the most convoluted canyons to journey in reverse of their sources. … What he offers us is an opportunity to follow Harold Pinter down a rabbit hole, insisting to us that human relationships are never what we hope to find, but that the search can at least be fun.

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Jul

The King's Language

In “The King's Language,” writer/director Chris Yejin, has presented the Fringe with an entertaining and intelligent little history lesson of King Sejong (1397 – 1450), who ruled Korea for 42 years. And like the 2005 Korean film "King and the Clown" and like "King Lear," in this work, wisdom is gained by listening to the “Fool.”

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Jul

Sparrow

It is always a pity when a show falls through the cracks, and with 375 Fringe 2017 shows that is not an altogether uncommon occurrence. The Tempest Theatre production of "Sparrow" was unfortunately such a show.

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Jul

Office Beat - A Tap Dance Comedy

The last time the Tap Overload Company came to the Hollywood Fringe, my review of their show "Office Beat" was effusive, to the point of idolatry in gushing superlatives, and closed with my invitation to please return. Happily, for all they did!

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Jul

DoYou: Migration of The Monarchs

"Do You: Migration of the Monarchs" is a dazzling concept conveyed in a visually rich language, not a play as much as a pageantry of images, song and dance. At the center is director/performer/costume designer Yozmit Walker, whose ideas and concepts flood off the stage and awash the audience in style and color.

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Jul

Kinsherf's Coat

"Kinsherf's Coat" harkens back to one of the Sixties most lamentable losses – “The Happening," which was was an indiscernible event that even survivors of the “Love Generation” found difficult to define; though they all claimed to recognize one when it “happened.”

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Jul

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

What "Help! I Might be Fabulous" presents is a modern fable by way of Stonewall and "La Cage aux Folles," in which Alfie stands as a testament that sequins alone do not make one “fabulous.”

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Jun

"Shakeslesque: To Thine Own Cherry Be True"

"Shakeslesque" is a playfully amusing blend of Bard and boobs; a racy, randy raucous romp in which the buxom babes of Cherry Poppins Caburlesque join with some of the Fringes' best known rascals.

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Jun

Two [email protected]#ck*rs on a Ledge

In this era of video game inspired cinema, Kardashian-mania, and rampant Trump tweets, any flicker of intelligence or hint of gravitas is like an ice cold soda-pop after wandering in the Sahara for a month with nothing for sustenance but sand sandwiches sans the “wiches.” In spite of a ferociously inappropriate title, "Two [email protected]#ck*rs on a Ledge" is, nevertheless, a treat for those whose grey matter is still supple and functioning.

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Jun

Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman

Conceived, written and produced by Linden Waddell — who also performs, with Miller directing — "Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman" is exactly what it states itself to be, “a musical romp featuring the genius of Allan Sherman's parody lyrics.”

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Jun

CHIMERA BELLA

Bella doesn't dance much or well, and I do not consider climbing up on a trapeze as being “acrobatic.” Behind the action on stage is projected a film, at some points hard to see and at other points unnecessary...

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Jun

Bonnie & Clyde

Playwright Adam Peck's "Bonnie & Clyde" brushes aside the legendary elements of the Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow story, putting its focus instead on a far greater mystery; the dynamics of the human heart.

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Jun

The Brick: A One Man Musical

This alone would make for a strong show, but it is Berry's “clang-clang” that rises the evening to an exceptional experience. ...Not to be missed – a PLATINUM MEDAL.

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Jun

The Fabulous Fables of Aesop

In "The Fabulous Fables of Aesop," playwright Keith Galloway refashioned Aesop's fables as children's theater, and he did this in 1992. It is an endearing presentation of nine of Aesop's most well-known tales including "The Ant and the Grasshopper" and one of his most fantastical, "The Teeth, the Feet and the Stomach."

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Jun

Infantryman In The Wardrobe

In playwright Keith Galloway's "Infantryman in the Wardrobe" the players carries the show superbly, creating choral poems and creating heartbreaking tableaus.

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Jun

The Tomb

"The Tomb" by Ed Sharrow (at the Complex Theatre during Fringe 2017) is an encapsulated tale of Anthony the Great, also called Anthony of Egypt, who was a 4th century Christian mystic.

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Jun

Andy: The Red-Nosed Warhola

In "Andy: The Red-Nosed Warhola," director/adapter Ezra Buzzington has crafted a swift, stylish and oh so entertaining rendering of the iconic persona of Andy Warhol. (Hollywood Fringe 2017)

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Jun

HOW TO LOVE YOUR DICTATOR: OLGA & LUDMILA'S GUIDE TO FASCISM

"How to Love Your Dictator: Olga & Ludmila's Guide to Fascism" is an American broadcast of the popular Russian talk show (with Kate Rappoport and Andra Moldav as the hostess-chets).

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Jun

Chimpskin

The Puckwit Gang's "Chimpskin" is a stylishly clever history of Lucy (1964-1987), the chimpanzee raised by Maurice and Jane Temerlin, as a human child. Lucy was even taught American Sign Language in order to communicate with her human “parents” and would come to use some 140 signs...

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Jun

The Faggot King or The Troublesome Reign of Edward The Second

Director, Christopher Johnson is too clever by half, which is clearly demonstrated in his current Fringe offering: a raucous, genderbending, madcap rendering of Christopher Marlowe's, "The Faggot King or The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second."

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