“Save Me a Spot” Extended at Asylum @ Studio C

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017By Ernest Kearney — Well after being disappointed to the bone by such would be musicals as Robot Monster the Musical, Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Musical, Chimera Bella and Comic-Con: The Musical, I confess I dragged myself into Dan Waldkirch (music) and Jeremiah Lowder’s (book) Save Me a Spot with little hope and a very bad attitude.

Well shut my mouth wide open!

Their tunes were both charming and moving, and wisely limited to ten in number.  The book, about a group waiting Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolutionin line to buy tickets for a boy band reunion was clever and amusing, and their cast, Clayton Farris, Kristen Heitman, Garrett Vander Leun and Brent Lydic were all solidly talented and well-voiced.

Except for Kate Ponzio – she was two steps above terrific.

Thank you all for letting me leave one theater humming the tunes.  For that a GOLD MEDAL.


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A Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017 Extension

See It At

The Asylum @Studio C
6448 Santa Monica Blvd.

In Hollywood, On

Sunday, July 23, 2017 @7:30pm


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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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