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

Camp Ginger: An Original Musical

Protean faced Steve Trzaska shows a flair for performing and a talent for characterization that is perfectly prodigious to behold.

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Jun

Dying for Our Voices

I believe that Raven Kras who wrote and directed this work is sincere in her passion for this cause, but she needs to pull her ego out of this enterprise. She needs to engage and exploit the talents and abilities of others if she truly wants this effort to succeed.

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Jun

DI Lady DI

Within the constraint of a single hour Munson takes us through Diana, Princess of Wales’ whole twisted history of a fairy tale gone horribly wrong....

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Jun

THE TANNER

Alex McSherry takes his clue from Historian John Keegan’s classic work The Face of Battle, in his rousing narration of the battles of William Wallace (Braveheart) ...

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Jun

Vincerò - The Italian Opera Experience on the Fringe!

Germán Gholami, Diana Silova, Asuka Uchida and Natalja Sticco are the real deal, and frankly I cannot remember when I’ve heard such stunningly powerful singers on a stage the size of the McCadden Theatre.

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Jun

Cassandra

Cassandra has a good deal going for it. The notion of creating a musical about the tragic heroine of Greek myth Cassandra employing the music of Patti Smith is immediately intriguing.

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Jun

Too Big For Her Britches

Pezik’s transitions from character to character are dynamically delineated facilitating both the dramatic and comedic aspects of her story.

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Jun

Call Me Elizabeth

The production, directed by Erin Kraft is exceedingly well mounted, and Boye captures Taylor to perfection.

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Jun

A Terrible Show for Terrible People

I am a self-confessed sucker for good clowning and Bonnie He offers that up. Better still she offers up “nasty” good clowning!

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Jun

DOG

Playwright/Performer Ben Moroski had thrilled and disturbed past Fringe audiences with work such as The Wake and TILT, and now DOG adds another notch to his well-notched belt.

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Jun

Housewife '52

In recreating— for those of us who suffered through the stagnation of the Eisenhower Era— and displaying it to others who were spared it, by showing how far we have progressed, John Wuchte and his partner Michael Teoli have given us all a reason to celebrate.

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Jun

Metamorphoses

The production of Mary Zimmerman’s lauded adaptation, directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, captures and encapsulates a sense of the sprawling structure of Ovid’s original work, and more significantly encases it in a sense of relevance and modernity.

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Jun

Wakings!

What one must acknowledge about this evening are the exquisite performances of all the actors, however, in that regard the first act does over power the second with Bottitta and O’Toole near perfect in their clashing interplay and Lawson a maelstrom onto himself as Van Winkle.

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Jun

Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy

Actress/Playwright Almanya Narula’s choice of subject matter shows a keen sense of what is both the dramatic and commercial. Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy is a tale of espionage, taken from the annals of World War II, that involves the antithesis of the iconic James Bond.

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Jun

Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy

Actress/Playwright Almanya Narula’s choice of subject matter shows a keen sense of what is both the dramatic and commercial. Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Spy is a tale of espionage, taken from the annals of World War II, that involves the antithesis of the iconic James Bond.

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May

Tea

The Hero Theatre is deserving of praise as well for selecting to stage Tea as this country continues to struggle with the radioactive remnants of Trumpism.

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May

A Doll's House: Part 2

In A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Long Beach’s International City Theatre, the pivotal event occurred either fifteen years earlier when Nora Helmer walked out on her husband and family to escape the stifling retardation of married life, or 143 years ago when Norwegian Playwright Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House (or “Part, 1”) premiered at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre in 1879.

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May

One Way Ticket to Oregon

In the program notes, Caldwell tells us that the piece was inspired by a beloved family member’s struggle with cancer, and that experience no doubt accounts for both the sincerity and tenderness that imbues his writing.

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Apr

A Death-Defying Escape!

Judy Carter packs a lot of diversity in her petite package; Jewish, Lesbian, comedienne, abuse survivor, hopeless romantic, dedicated magician, loving sister and natural born kvetcherkeb.

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Apr

‘A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney’

There’s an old joke. My wife loves it.
A judge in a divorce hearing informs Mickey, “I’m sorry, Mister Mouse, but mental illness is not acceptable grounds for divorcing your wife Minnie.”
Hopping up and down in frustration Mickey shoots back, “I didn’t say she was ‘mentally ill,’ I said she was f**king Goofy!”
This serves, I feel, as a fitting segue for a review of Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney...

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