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.
Jun

Finally, Some Privacy

Well, I suspected I was going to like "Finally, Some Privacy" Aimee Levey's one woman show, for Fringe 2017, when I heard the singing of Jack Lukeman being used as pre-show music.

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Jun

Stringmates

"Stringmates" by Amanda Noriko Newman takes its core concept from the Asian legend of the “Red String of Fate,” the belief that the gods bind two individuals who are destined to be together with an unbreakable red string that connects them no matter what distance separates them.

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Jun

Herpes: A Love Story

"Herpes: A Love Story," a show about the scourge of the sexual revolution, provides creator/performer Cherise Pascual with the opportunity of blitzing the audience like a miniature, methed—out Panzer tank…

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Jun

An Evening with John Wilkes Booth

"An Evening With John Wilkes Booth" by Clinton Case and Lloyd J. Schwartz (who also directs), presents a solid and edifying portrait of the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.

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Jun

Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical

"Nothing Bad – A Werewolf Rock Musical" has spun the 1987 vampire film, "The Lost Boys" by way of the 1971 musical hit "Grease," and for the first ten minutes seems to be making a success of it with composer and lyricist Daniel Sugimoto who provides some spiffy tunes that go towards generating the toe tapping bliss that every audience craves.

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Jun

The Second Coming of Klaus Kinski

"The Second Coming of Klaus Kinski" writer, performer Andrew Perez presents Kinski and all his demons with such unnerving commitment that the stench of sulfur burns the eyes of the audience.  It is not so much a portrayal by an actor as the actor's possession by the character. 

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Jun

Bono and The Edge Waiting For Godomino's

"Bono and the Edge Waiting for Godomino's" by writer/director Richard Lucas approaches being the ultimate Hollywood Fringe Festival offering.

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Jun

Zombie Clown Trump: An Apocalyptic Musical

I wanted "Zombie Clown Trump" (Surprise! It's a musical), so badly, to be great.  But if wishes were horses….

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Jun

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

In "The Girl who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign" written and performed by Joanne Hartstone, under the direction of Vince Fusco, the audience joins a Peg Entwistle wannabe as she teeters, precariously perched, on the top of the Hollywood sign looking down at her impermanence and that of fame.

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Jun

Just Like Life

Director/writer/set designer Donovan Glover won the 1991 UCLA Best-New-Play-of-the-Year Award for this work and at times "Just Like Life" certainly feels like the work of a neophyte – absurdist themes are the “training wheels” of choice for all greenhorn bards.

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Jun

Comic-Con The Musical

"Comic-Con The Musical" celebrates that Mecca of Nerd-dom, The San Diego Comic-Con International aka Comic-Con. Four magical days every summer filled with celebrity panels, Sci-Fi seminars, previews of wannabe blockbusters, video game tryouts, cos-play and small herds of pot-bellied Spidermans.

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Jun

Secret Honor: The Last Testament of Richard M. Nixon

"Secret Honor, The Last Testament of Richard M. Nixon" is a torrential tirade spewed by a scotch-soaked Richard M. Nixon, as he prepares to resign the presidency to avoid impeachment from his cover-up of the Watergate break-in.   

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Jun

MY JANIS

The brief piece, with minimal dialogue, moves on the waves of the agonized choice Joplin faced. It may not be a play, but the shadow it throws is that of Greek tragedy, and Veronesi's performance is spellbinding. And despite having a remarkably rude audience member who shoved her substantial girth between my wife Marlene as she was about to sit, the show still earns a GOLD MEDAL.

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Jun

Nights at the Algonquin Round Table

Vlasak serves up the larger-than-life personalities here with great skill and aplomb, while at the same time managing to succeed in penning original characters who can hold their own within this circle...it's a wonderfully crafted and excellently performed comedy that earns all involved a GOLD MEDAL.

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Jun

The Little Mermaid: A Movement Piece

The Boundless Artists Theatre Company has presented Fringe audiences with a production of the fairy tale "The Little Mermaid", which is unique in its faithfulness to the original 1837 version by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

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Jun

Ascent

"Ascent" features the talents of dancer Adam Kerbel and Taiko drummer Shih-Wei Willie Wu in a fusion piece that displays more ambition than articulation. Its intention is to illuminate “the threats that aggressive masculinity plays on the psyche”; a noble goal...

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Jun

Robot Monster the Musical

As the nerdiest kid this side of the Rockies, I lived for the cheesy Sci-Fi that oozed out of the fifties like the blob outa a whiffle ball: "It Came from Outer Space," "This Island Earth," "The Crawling Eye." "Robot Monster," a musical, at this year's Fringe, based on this childhood rapture, seemed a sure-fire contender.

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May

ARCHDUKE

A single moment of Rajiv Joseph's latest play "Archduke"" (at the Mark Taper Forum) is where momentous possibilities are revealed. It is a moment found in the strongest scene and most sincere performance of the production."

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May

Of Mice and Men

Lyons manages to guide his sizable cast and unfolding morality tale skillfully about the challenging confines of the venue.

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May

DR. DU BOIS AND MISS OVINGON

The play is well constructed in its development of the characters, with Du Bois coming across as the fiery strategist and Ovington as the cool tactician while giving an insightful and workable history of each.  Coss also provides a tidy history of the establishment of the NAACP as well as a firm sense of the racial tensions of the time.

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