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

Five Pieces of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused to Tell Me and Other Family Tales

BUCHBOOT HAS A LOVELY VOICE, AND HIS SINGING OF SOME SELDOM HEARD YIDDISH CLASSICS WAS A JOY, BUT HE HAS BURIED BOTH HIS TALENTS AND HIS GRANDMOTHER’S POIGNANT TALE IN A TOMB OF THE UNESSENTIAL.

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Jun

Lincoln 2020

Sadly, the promising premise of Lincoln 2020, joins the ranks of new wallpaper for the Titanic’s staterooms, and General Custer’s victory parade on his triumphant return from the Little Big Horn.

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Jun

Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company has dedicated itself to the plays of Shakespeare; with Double Falsehood, part of the Hollywood Fringe for 2019, they have moved into the realm of debated plays by the Bard.

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Jun

Mormon Playgirl

Sheffield is far better than this show and at some future date, with a skilled dramaturge and director, I’m certain she’ll demonstrate this.

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Jun

Made for Each Other

Made For Each Other forces us to examine a very human quandary: Is truth ever love’s crucifixion or are lies its resurrection?
In choosing their answer to that question Bauer and Fico offer audiences a joyous celebration of the salvation the human heart may both earn and deserve.

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Jun

Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth

Last year Yokko and her New York based company Ren Gyo Soh impressed all who saw her Butoh Medea based on the Greek tragedy by Euripides.

This year’s offering, on stage at the The Lounge Theatre for HFF19, is somewhat less successful but staggeringly more ambitious.

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Jun

Mil Grus

The only two things I walked out of the McCadden Theatre certain of was that Evans and his Ensemble will long be remembered by their thoroughly satisfied if totally perplexed audiences and that Mil Grus is not to be missed.

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Jun

The Price

The International City Theatre mounts sturdy, structured and splendid productions of nearly every play it presents.

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Jun

HERSHEY FELDER: A PARIS LOVE STORY

Felder achieves beautiful moments, and the sincerity of the work is nothing other than staggering.

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Apr

Les Miz And Friends! A Puppet Parody

In the “re-envisioning” of this beloved musical based on Victor Hugo's renowned classic, Nathan Makaryk and Geneviève Flati have shown the most respectful humility and sublime scholarly insights.
Naw, I'm yanking your chain, they've totally trashed it.
But trashed it with respect and sublimity.

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Apr

MY LIFE ON A DIET

By Ernest Kearney — Watching Renée Taylor's one-woman show, My Life on a Diet, is akin to sitting on a veranda with the Statue of Liberty, after the two of you have knocked back a couple of bottles of Krug Clos d'Ambonnay and then settled in as that copper babe dishes the reality to you –

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Apr

Marx in Soho

Whatever flaws, with which one might challenge Zinn's historical writing, Marx in Soho is a straightforward and precise depiction of the great man reinforcing Marx's adage: “The most revolutionary act one can engage in is to tell the truth.”
An unfortunate short run of this play is its only flaw. Tickets are offered at “Pay What You Can Afford” and each performance is followed by a “conversation about Marxism.” Serious discussion and solid drama, a wonderful combination.

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Apr

Too Much Sun

The old theatre saw holds that, typically, within a dramatic framework, when the onslaught of chaos results in a funeral we have a tragedy, and when it concludes in a wedding, a comedy.
To Silver's credit he plows unflinchingly right through that concept ending with both a wedding and a funeral. But what he fails to do is to establish for the audience what is at stake in the battle to come, or why we should care about those characters destined to fall victim on its bloody field.

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Mar

Ada and the Engine

Overall, thanks to the fusion of a talented director and cast, Ada and the Engine offers a solid evening of entertainment to any audience and Theatre Unleashed has earned a definite feather to add to their bonnet.

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Mar

Paradise

Censabella has covered her theatrical canvas with issues of great import, the conflicts of cultures, the struggle between religion and science, the nature of love, faith's demands over one's ambitions, the hope for redemption, the difficulties women face in seeking scientific careers. But sadly, closer inspection reveals Paradise is a “paint by numbers” piece.

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Mar

The Judas Kiss

There are particular products, —merchandise, institutions and other…stuff— exports from the U.K., which the rest of the world sometimes finds difficulty to appreciate.
But not so we Americans; we're just outright baffled by them.
I refer to such English delicacies as jellied eels, spotted dick or stargazy pie; traditions the likes of cheese rolling on Cooper's Hill or encasing oneself entirely in outfits of straw on Strawberry Day, and it goes without saying this includes anything at all having to do with the game of cricket.
These certain commodities are so alien to us that the designation “British” could just as easily be “Venusian” or “Tralfamadorian.”
The plays of David Hare tend to fall into this category.

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Mar

Hype Man

One of the celebratory aspects of the theatrical experience is its ability to allow audiences the illusion of participating within any reality, regardless of how alien to their own. Theatai members may find themselves swayed by the hollow assurances of the weird sisters, shaken by a son discovering his father's failures, or swell with the defiance of a sister's choice to bury her brothers.
At its best, theatre spans those vast separations of time and culture revealing how shared struggles makes a community of all humanity. And this is what Idris Goodwin's Hype Man at The Fountain Theatre, strives to do with its story of a trio of young hip-hop rappers on the very verge of breaking big.

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Mar

The Old Man and The Old Moon

The Old Man and the Old Moon is an assemblage of all the elements that made theatre the earliest and most essential of humanity's creative expressions:

The making of myth and spinning of stories to explain the inexplicable, and tame the terrors of the unknown, the marshalling of music and song, puppetry and laughter to forge the shield of community, that indispensable armor which secured our survival; all entwined with the essence of wonder and imagination which has encouraged and ensured our evolution since the dawn of our kind.

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Mar

Miss America's Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me

Miss America's Ugly Daughter written and performed by Barra Grant, the daughter of Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America, was once, possibly, an entertaining evening.
That is no longer the case.

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Feb

Hir

There is an adage in the creative pursuit of playwriting: “It's easier to set them up than knock them down.”
How this translates, in actuality, is that there exists an awful lot of plays with very strong first acts which then proceed to unravel in the second.
Taylor Mac's HIR currently at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble manages to be the exception that tests the rule.

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