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“A Very Die Hard Christmas” Whips it up at the Fringe

By Ernest Kearney —  A  Very Die Hard Christmas is a rough little laugh-fest and delivers on what it promises quite nicely.

Wade Wilson stars as John McCane

Writer Josh Carson and director Gregory Crafts have taken the 1988 Bruce Willis movie blockbuster Die Hard and twisted it up very nicely.  John McClane, the Bruce Willis part is now played by a black guy (Wade Wilson), Sgt Powell played by Reginald Veljohnson, a black guy in the movie, is now played by a talking snow man, Holly (Kiré Horton aka Mrs. McClane) can belt out a song here with a voice that could shatter the iceberg that sank the Titanic, the terrorist Karl played by Matt Pick doesn’t dance as well as Alexander Godunov but he tries, and some parts are filled in by puppets thanks to Bradley Upton.

It’s all rough and tumble done on the cheap, but the smart and very funny cast keeps the laughs coming.  Horton and Pick are joined in the mayhem by Liesl Jackson, Carey Matthews, Adam Slemon and Robby DeVillez who all serve the silliness to the hilt.  Wilson is top notch in his “Yippie-Ki-Yaying,” and the cherry on the cake is Jim Martyka who is much, much funnier than Alan Rickman in the role of the evil, nasty, no-goodnik Hans Gruber.

Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolutionThey even manage to get in my favorite dumb New Yorker slander of L.A. from the movie:

“How can they call it Christmas without any snow?”

(And how much snow do the East coast twits think there was at the original Christmas?)

To Crafts and his crew on A Very Die Hard Christmas, a GOLD MEDAL for serving up a bounty of chuckles.

 

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A Very Die Hard Christmas

Runs during

the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018

at

studio/stage

520 N. Western Ave

For Show Information and Tickets Go To: http://hff18.org/5240

 


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

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