“Office Beat” — A Winning Toe-Tapathon!

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017By Ernest Kearney — The last time the Tap Overload Company came to the Hollywood Fringe my review of this show, Office Beat: A Tap Dance Comedy, was effusive to the point of idolatry in gushing superlatives and closed with my invitation to please return.  And happily, for all they did!

Mindy and Gabe Copeland have brought their delightful show of office romance and corporate tyranny back this year – only bigger and better, with a live band and the belting voice of Laura Rensing.  For those who love tap Platinum Medaldancing, the old musicals of MGM or the new musicals like La La Land, Copeland and company are a heaven sent and have once again provided audiences with one of the most thoroughly entertaining shows of the entire Fringe.



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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 TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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