Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous is Absolutely…

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017By Ernest Kearney — Diminutive in all but talent, Alfie Ordinary is a sequined toe-head who is more engaging than a litter of new born baby kittens.  In Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous, Alfie explains to the audience he is the son of a drag queen, which he surmises makes him a “drag prince,” and then proceeds to entertain with song, wit and more than a little wisdom.  We hear the story of his time spent at Madame LeCoq’s Preparatory School For Fabulous Boys, a rather flamboyant version of Tom Brown’s School Days.

With introspective renderings of standards by The Village People and Shirley Bassey, with pop idol puppetry and soccer and with great heart, Alfie provides insights with gentleness, compassion and a brevity that shines with unpretentious brilliance.

Platinum MedalWhat this show presents is a modern fable by way of Stonewall and La Cage aux Folles, in which Alfie stands as a testament that sequins alone do not make one “fabulous.”  What makes one “fabulous” is the willingness to accept with compassion and understanding, ourselves and each other for who we are.

For a fabulous show: a PLATINUM MEDAL.

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After closing, at the Asylum (INTERnational House) during Hollywood fringe 2017, Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous has moved to Spreckels Theatre during the San Diego Fringe Festival.

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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. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at and Follow him on Facebook.

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