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.
Feb

Independence

As Walker, Barnes is extremely engaging and succeeds with style and intelligence in bringing Walker's story before her audience as well as involving them in her struggles.
The problem with Independence is not its subject, but its focus. To the point, there is a better story here than Schwartz is telling.

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Jan

Jocasta: A Motherf**king Tragedy

In Jocasta A Motherf**king Tragedy, Brian Weir and the Ghost Road Theatre Company have taken Sophocles' classic tale of Oedipus and window-dressed it for the “#metoo” movement.
Unfortunately they have taken away the classical Greek costume of the high-heeled cothurni and the silk chitons, for the garb of a cheerleader.

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Jan

DOUBLE DOUBLE - A Meditation on Macbeth

It is intelligent, superbly crafted, utterly perplexing and thoroughly entertaining, and the creative collaboration between Zimmerman and Crockett lack only a pair of capes to qualify them as the most dynamic duo you're likely to find this side of Gotham.

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Jan

Desert Rats

It is a youthful work produced by a young playwright...I do not wish to give the impression that I am implying the piece suffers from an immaturity, but rather benefits from the freshness of its writer's talents. Desert Rats is crisp, bright and refreshing, if, a tad underdeveloped.

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Jan

Special

Frankly, I had high hopes for this outing at Theatre of Note, and those hopes suffered a similar fate to that of Alderaan, Princess Leia's home planet.

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Dec

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

There are in this town numerous “ensembles” which are hardly that, and a collection of “performance centers” that cannot by any stretch of the imagination be said to deserve that designation. The Annenberg, under the stewardship of Artistic Director Paul Crewes, has earned their name with distinction.

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Dec

Fool for Love

Jack Knoll of Newsweek described the original New York production, which arrived there from San Francisco's Magic Stage as “a rattlesnake riff.” The play has been called “mysterious and unsettling,” “ponderous, imponderable,” and it is all that.

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Dec

White Nights, Black Paradise

This is the caliber of theatre that tends to irk those like myself who wander the smaller venues of L.A. seeking an estimable production like Diogenes with his lamp searching the Athenian marketplace for an “honest man.” Though, I'd bet Diogenes had more success.

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Nov

A Mile In My Shoes

Writer/Performer Kathryn Taylor Smith has accomplished something remarkable with her one woman show A Mile In My Shoes. She has managed to present a show about one of the most pressing issues of our time, homelessness; and she has done so with intelligence, compassion, humor, pathos and insight but most of all with humanity.

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Nov

Bride of Blood reviewed by Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com

This show should have been a wonderful evening of theatre, and it's vexing that it wasn't. However, for all its many failings Bride of Blood avoided the unforgivable sin in not breaking the only commandment I schlepped down from the mountain top: “Thou Shall Not Bore the Piss Outa Me.”

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Nov

Old Clown Wanted

Old Clown Wanted, a recently mounted Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presentation, reflects his expanding international reputation, having been produced in France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Poland, Italy, Brazil and other countries. Though for the life of me I can't see why.

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Nov

A Splintered Soul

The best and the worst that can be said of A Splintered Soul is that it is a crafted work, but not a theatrical work.

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Oct

SILENCE! The Musical

Silence! The Musical by Jon and Al Kaplan with book by Hunter Bell has won my grand prize for the most inappropriate choice for a musical adaptation beating out Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dr. Zhivago and Lestat (with a score by Elton John and Bernie Taupin no less!) But unlike the above-mentioned shows, Silence! The Musical actually works.

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Oct

Gloria

The lion's share of credit for the success of this staging must go to Fields. Unlike the earlier production of Gloria, he has eschewed a reality-thick office interior for a set. Amanda Knehans, whose craft has been amply demonstrated in such prior Echo offerings as Blueberry Toast and A Small Fire, devises a set that generates the specified environment while being minimalist enough not to encumber the whirlwind that Fields unleashes on stage.

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Oct

OTHELLO

In the final analysis, the merits of this production rise above its flaws, and the staging, if perhaps uninspired, is nevertheless sturdy and intelligent attesting to the potential of El-Amin and the Griot Theatre company.

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Sep

Martians - An Evening With Ray Bradbury

In Martians – An Evening with Ray Bradbury, at the Whitefire Theatre, actor Charlie Mount and director Jeff G. Rack have attempted to weave the writer and his work into a rich theatrical tapestry capturing the essence of the man and his art. The result is wildly baroque, madly ambitious, passionately driven and only mildly successful.

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Sep

The Glass Menagerie

In this autobiographical work, Williams treats the past of his characters—especially the hope they have laden that past with—like a creature of the undead, hammering a stake through its heart. It would be a recurring theme in his works that hope never lays in the past and probably not even in the future.

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Aug

Under Milk Wood

Thomas originally conceived of the piece as a radio drama in which he would portray the “omniscient narrator,” who ranges over the township observing the strengths, foolishness, passions and woes of those dwelling there; not dispensing judgment on their fragilities or follies, but intoning a paean in celebration of their humanity.

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Aug

Mayakovsky and Stalin

Whether a commentary on past events or a forewarning of things to come Mednick has nevertheless mounted a solidly-staged, well-crafted production, one that is as impressive as it is challenging.

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Aug

The Blade of Jealousy

There's a lot of sweetness and a very personal sense that radiates from the cast, so while the evening is mildly amusing it comes across like a private joke among friends.

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