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.
Aug

Hershey Felder: Beethoven

Felder is a superb showman in, both, his performance of the composer and of his works. And it is this showmanship, so rare a quality today, that makes seeing Hershey Felder: Beethoven not only an immense joy but also a distinct privilege.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

DOROTHY & ALICE: AN AERIAL PLAY

They frame the show, which just closed its extended run at Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018, is a schoolyard meeting between Dorothy of Oz fame and Alice the muse of Lewis Carroll; a serviceable concept, but one that they have not used to serve the show. It is basically a statement: “Alice meets Dorothy,” but a statement is not a foundation for a dramatic endeavor.

sweet-sour - ...read full review

Jul

Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)

Baba, Jee (Father, Yes) is a solidly written, smartly directed and tightly performed piece. The story is straight-forward and has, at its center, one of the popular motifs of great drama —from Oedipus to Long Day's Journey into Night— the conflicts of father and child.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

New Kid on the Block

Playwright John Patrick Daly has his heart in the right place, and one senses he truly is concerned about the homeless people of L.A.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat is set in a dystopian future where the world order seems to have fused into three distinct classes: cannibals, furries and butchers.

sweet-sour - ...read full review

Jul

We Need This Musical To Stop Us From Killing Ourselves: The Musical

Now the funny thing is that the title, We Need This Musical to Stop Us From Killing Ourselves — the Musical! is slightly longer than the show. Still, Glasgow Lyman and Jeff Rosick have mixed up a silly, stylish, toe-tapping little songfest on the subject of suicide that succeeds in every way.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Left Turns

Laura Grimaldi is a whirlwind of a performer with a winning mixture of humor and honesty. In Left Turns, her one-woman show, she slides easily into a host of characters (I stopped counting at 21) as she leads us through the minefield that Is her life.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

DRUNK BIBLE STORIES

Improvisation teaches an actor two very important skills; how to think on their feet and how to listen to those sharing the stage with them. These are the essential tools of good improv, neither of which could be seen on the stage of Drunk Bible Stories.

sour - ...read full review

Jul

The Other Side of the Razor Ribbon

This is a well mounted show, so well mounted that the structural imperfections of this piece are almost completely cloaked.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Final Preparations

From there the piece unfolds like a fairly good Night Gallery episode, opening with a spooky setting in a mortuary and the introduction of an odd mortician, aptly named “Poe,” who enjoys conversing with his clientele. In this case an eleven-year-old piano virtuoso who died in the car crash with her mother.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Coasterthon Catastrophe: An Amusement Park Musical

Coasterthon Catastrophe: An Amusement Park Musical is a rough, dopey, kinda silly, rather tuneful, utterly frantic, sorta fun, 45 minute songfest about a pair of pals left hanging, upside down, at a major amusement park when their roller coaster breaks down.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Long Day's Journey Into Night

On the stage of the Wallis, director Richard Eyre has gathered a talented cast and given them a splendid set on which to work.  Unfortunately, neither the cast nor the set seems well turned to O'Neill's piece.

sour - ...read full review

Jul

King of the Rats: A Final Symphony

Cypress bounds about the stage with little logic but great athleticism, in a dance that offers no definition to the character while proving disturbing and distracting to the audience.

sweet-sour - ...read full review

Jul

The Autism Mamalogues

There is a great deal of love and passion that has gone into Shannon Penrod's one woman show The Autism Mamalogues; which is understandable as she is a self-described “Autism Mom.”

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Hush

Like little boys with their toy soldiers, so, too, are little girls with their dolls: They weave webs of fantasies. But nothing, as psychologists have finally realized over the recent decades, is quite as important as the pretend world of a child.

sweet - ...read full review

Jul

Pervert

Writer/director Giovanni Zuniga has succeeded in pulling a rabbit outa his hat. A great big huge rabbit! Playwrights seldom knock one out of the stadium, their first time at bat, but that is what Zuniga has done with Pervert.

sweet

Jun

Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk

The Burglars of Hamm are a delightfully merry and madcap lot. And if you needed proof of that, well there's Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

DR NYMPHO VS THE SEX ZOMBIES

Michael Shaw Fisher has apparently taken to heart George Burns' sage advice on how to be a success in “showbiz.” According to Burns, “Find talent and marry it.”

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Butoh Medea

Written by Sean Michael Welch and directed by Brian Rhinehart this staging has a distinctive modern feel; with Medea (Yokko) emerging from the darkness to the chatter of a busy mall. It is from there that Medea endures the gauntlet of blows against her as a woman and as a foreigner as she staggers to the play's horrific conclusion.

sweet - ...read full review

Jun

Doctor Zomba's Ghost Show of Terror

The show is silly fun, and provides a nice break from the angst pouring out of some of the Fringe's offerings. For the silliness a SILVER MEDAL.

sweet - ...read full review

ADS
  • La Vie En Rose with Julia Migenes
  • The Water Way - A New Musical by Brad Mendelson

Featured LemonAide