“Zombie Clown Trump: An Apocalyptic Musical”… Oh Well …

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017By Ernest Kearney — I suppose it was inevitable.

The first total disappointment of the Fringe for me. (Though Robot Monster, The Defecate-ables and Chimera Bella came pretty damn close!) Maybe it’s because the art work on its Fringe card was so well executed, maybe it’s because I wanted it, really wanted it, so badly, to be great.  But if wishes were horses….

Zombie Clown Trump: an Apocalyptic Musical was devoid of one Planck length of creativity or intelligence.  It Hollywood Fringe Festival 2017-TVolution Ear Wax Awardplayed out like one of those ideas you would have in college when a bunch of smoked-out potheads were sitting around laughing at such comic gems as putting your big toe in someone’s ear.

Wait that could be funny.  Or at least funnier than anything in the Zombie Clown Trump misadventure.

I will not name any names to give them a chance to put this behind them.

Sadly, the first EAR WAX MEDAL.


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Zombie Clown Trump: An Apocalyptic Musical

Playing During Fringe 2017 at
The Complex Theatres (OMR Theatre )
6468 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Remaining Shows:

Friday June 23 2017, 10:30 Pm

Saturday June 24 2017, 8:30 Pm

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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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  • Thanks Vickie….and what Mr. Cipes needs to know is that I’m a lightweight “real” critic.

  • re: Rick cipes

    Wow… really? “Lightweight” and “Fake.” Reads like “TrumpSpeak” for someone who doesn’t agree with you.


  • Fuck off you lightweight fake critic


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