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.
Nov

Redline and Sinner's Laundry

by Ernest Kearney — Forgiveness seems to be the theme of “Redline,” now playing in rep with “Sinner's Laundry” at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. The Christian Durso two-character drama is premiering as part of IAMA Theatre Company's tenth anniversary season celebration.

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Oct

This Land

In "This Land," at The Company of Angels, playwright Evangeline Ordaz, uses a parcel of earth to structure a breathtakingly ambitious history of this city and its people that stretches over a century and a half.

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Oct

Runaway Home

"Runaway Home" by playwright Jeremy J. Kamps, is a cannonade of language that comes at the audience like canister shot. It also asks one of the great questions in life, “Can all the king's horses and all the king's men…?” If you see the play as a “cannonade of language” then Camille Spirlin in the pivotal role of Kali, is definitely the fuse who whips through this piece with a force only slightly less formidable than Katrina.

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Oct

Grey Nomad

An evening full of simple humanity and simple humor which will gobsmack you with a simple fairdinkum about life, if you play by all the rules, you'll miss all the fun.

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Sep

EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT

To be witness to a fine ensemble performing a strong play under the guidance of a director possessed of both intelligence and finesse is a vintage of near indescribable pleasure. And such a production is this.

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Sep

La Razon Blindada

Vargas' direction is emotionally full, as can be understood from the nature of the material. Hope, despair, rage; there is not a base he leaves untouched as he gives form to the explosion on stage. He also brings forth that savior of mankind: laughter. La Razón Blindada achieves many things on stage, it is disturbing, hopeful, insightful but more than anything else, it is staggeringly funny. I cannot recall a show where physical comedy has been so prominent to the story or as superbly performed.

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Sep

Silent Sky

"Silent Sky" is a well-crafted feel-good evening in the theatre. If playwright Lauren Gunderson had decided to draw on Scottish history for her play then we may have wound up with a sweet love story about that couple with the funny accents the Macbeths. But for a play with “drama-lite” as its most egregious flaw the International City Theatre is a perfect venue.

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Sep

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

For all their strengths as individual performers, in the Odyssey's latest production of Jacques Brel is "Alive and Well and Living in Paris," it's when they assemble into the show's ensemble that the numbers flare to a stunning intensity.

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Jul

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

I will be eternally grateful to Paul Green, Jordan Merimee and Dorian Tayler for their superbly entertaining and skillful tomfoolery that had my wife bent over with laughter before she could get her hands around my throat.

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Jul

Mistero Buffo

Vlahos' honesty of intent and his clownish mastery that detonates on stage in an explosion of agonized humanity in order to find resurrection in a combative mockery of the masses is mesmerizing to watch.

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Jul

Mary's Medicine

As a biographic theatrical treatise, Mary's Medicine is so informative, and well-executed by the ensemble, one hesitates to point out a flaw, however, what is missing is a sense of self-discovery or emotional growth within the role of the heroine.

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Jul

Incantesimo

The show I observed delivered on the music, trance, and storytelling however the magic moments fell flat. Such is the nature of live performance. Awkward interactions with audience members also involved, at times, convoluted magic tricks, which felt as though “Ta-Da's!” needed to be called out after each occurrence.

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Jul

Mungo!

Directed by George Lockwood with craft and intelligence and featuring a strong and engaging performance by the playwright Reyna as Mungo the piece has pathos and potency.

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Jul

The Spidey Project

The strengths of this production include those twin hallmarks of professionalism, a well-crafted and intelligent mounting. Add to this a cast that can actually sing (and sing well), a concept that was approached seriously, and solid direction.

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Jul

Art and Abolition

The narrative lacks artistry in the telling and depth in the exploration. Its saving grace is sincerity.

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Jul

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

Canfield flawlessly executes an emotional floor routine worthy of the Olympics, packed with saltos and double saltos expressing his remorse, defiance, passion and distain in facing each of them. The show is blessed with acting as sharp as the stagecraft is superior. Director Mitchell Glass overcomes the limitations of a small stage and the hazards associated with placing a sizable cast on it with the precision and concentration of a master sculptor working on white marble. His stage flows with a vigorous energy and elegant motion that guards and guides his cast from colliding in either chaos or clutter.

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Jul

Save Me a Spot!

Their tunes were both charming and moving, and wisely limited to ten in number. The book, about a group waiting Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolutionin line to buy tickets for a boy band reunion was clever and amusing, and their cast, Clayton Farris, Kristen Heitman, Garrett Vander Leun and Brent Lydic were all solidly talented and well-voiced. Except for Kate Ponzio – she was two steps above terrific.

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Jul

Nicaea

Still, Nicaea is both a well-crafted and well-staged piece displaying that rare duo — intelligence and ambition, which is always deserving of respect.

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Jul

The Sacred Beasts

Wollman has succeeded in constructing a piece that is entertaining and clever, while providing insights into the nature of art and “artist” and the annihilation afflicted on those that aspire to either.

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Jul

Easy Targets

Now yes, lobbing sock balls at these “easy targets” is great fun, as well as cathartic, but the monologues were so dead-on funny and the performances so right-on perfect, they easily could have stood without the constant bombardment; especially Daughter of the Moon which is as classic a bit of clowning as I've seen in ages. https://thetvolution.com/2017/07/fun-and-cathartic-easy-targets/

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