Review On Defenders


Ernest Kearney

Writer, Registered Critic

Defenders by Cailin Maureen Harrison is an odd little hybrid, that comes across like M. Night Shyamalan had usurped from Steven Spielberg the direction of Saving Private Ryan. Currently running at The Broadwater in Hollywood, the play is well-packed with strong characters, an exotic setting and an ambitious fusing of gritty war drama and supernatural thriller.

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 and Hang with him on Facebook. Comments welcome.