“Chimera Bella”…? Not So Much…

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017By Ernest Kearney —  Chimera Bella, with cinematography by James Delhauer, is described as “an acrobatic journey”; I saw little proof of either.

Brayden Hade is given direction credit.  I don’t believe him.  Created by and featuring dancer Sarah Bella this show had nothing for me.  Bella doesn’t dance much or well, and I do not consider climbing up on a trapeze as being “acrobatic.”  Behind the action on stage is projected a film, at some points hard to see and at other points unnecessary to.bronze ribbon - Fringe Festival

The only thing that saved this production from scoring the first Ear Wax of this Fringe is that my lovely wife Marlene found the love triangle sweet.  I found it cloying.

Just to keep peace in the Kearney household – a BRONZE MEDAL.

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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 and Follow him on Facebook.

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