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Sexy Maus, Hearts and Bombs join Voices at the Fringe

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VOICES

According to the program notes, voiceover artist Carla Delaney wrote this one woman show as a birthday gift to herself, and if that’s true it’s a better gift than a pony. Voices is just about everything a solo show should be, personal and universal, funny and sad, familiar and unique, with a solid and well articulated question serving at its core: “When did I stop listening to my own voice?”

gold.jpgAs a professional voiceover artist, it is only logical that in Delaney’s world everything should have a voice from the clarinet she wanted to play as a child, to her lungs, even her fear. Ably aided by director Jessica Lynn Johnson, everything that Delaney wishes to say comes across as loud and clear. And very, very funny. The call: GOLD

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smaus.jpgSEXY MAUS

Written and performed by Andrea Schell, a veteran of The Moth, this is Homer’s Odyssey framed within a feminine perspective, where the journey is carried over human sexuality, a far vaster sea than Odysseus faced.

It was an amusing show, which the audience I saw it with, adored.

sribbon.jpgI liked Schell better than the show however. I am tempted to give her the GOLD, but, again, for the show: SILVER.

(You may see a more detailed review of this show at Bitter Lemons.)

Schedule and Ticket info HERE.


 ahearts.jpgARTICHOKE HEARTS

In 2013 Sarah Mitchell began interviewing a wide selection of individuals about “love.” A 72 year old man alone at the close of his life, the upwardly mobile hipster who cheated on his wife, the heavily medicated Vassar graduate, a three year old.

sribbon.jpgEach segment is well performed by Mitchell and the overall results are both touching and life affirming. If the show has one omission, it is Mitchell’s sidestepping of that which was her motivation in beginning these interviews.

Still: SILVER

Find out more HERE.


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ADAM BOMB(S)

Adam Carr is funny. And his show is funny, this despite it suffering from a bad case of “Standard seen-it, heard-it-itous.”

The insertion of Jonathan Schwartz as his mandolin playing conscience and stud-muffin David A. Gregory as his hunky doppelganger are nice touches, but the “let me tell you about the bad relationships I’ve been in” is just such a well-treaded path that the ruts are deep, even with some nice work by Corey Clifford as the homeless woman.

Carr is plainly better than this bribbon1.jpgshow—Did I mention he was funny?—and for that the award is: BRONZE

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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, Among the Vipers was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney 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 work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. After a wild and misspent youth, which lasted well into middle age, Kearney has settled down and is focusing on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. Ernest's stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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