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Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes

By Ernest Kearney  —  Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes doesn’t quite reach the same heady heights as the Burglars of Hamm’s HHF17 offering, but it is still massively-inspired nonsense.

Eric Curtis Johnson as Abraham Lincoln in Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes (HHF17)

The show consists of a quartet of silly spoofs of solo shows.  Selina Merrill, in All About Me by Jon Beauregard, portrays that actress we all dive under the table at any award ceremony to avoid talking to. Eric Curtis Johnson embodies our martyred 16th President in An Evening with Abraham Lincoln written by Matt Almos.  Both are well written and performed, but they seem like soft balls being pitched with an under hand.

 

The same can’t be said of the following pair.

 

Word Magic, written by Selina Merrill, is a delightful dig at the typical style bellowed-out from the ubiquitous poetry slams which have popped up

Tracey Leigh performs “Easy Targets,” “Word Magic” (HHF#18)

nationwide.   Performed by Tracy Leigh, with a stone-faced visage—that would have brought a tear of joy to the eye of Buster Keaton—Leigh treats us to the near verbal equivalent of Mister Toad’s Wild Ride.

 

She is followed by Jaime Robledo’s Space Man (or How I Found Myself in Low Earth Orbit) with a stellar performance by Hugo Armstrong who boldly takes us into a cosmos consisting of “billons and billons of snickers.”

 

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Directed with gusto by Jaime Rebledo and produced with even more gusto by Scott Golden; thanks to a special arrangement with the Parole Board of the California Department of Corrections. (Please try not to stare at the device on his ankle. He’s very self-conscious about it.)

 

A big shiny GOLD MEDAL for all.

♦    ♦    ♦

(Selina Merrill from “All About Me” in Featured Image)


Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes

Is Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018
at

The Broadwater

6322 Santa Monica Blvd.

For Show Information, Tickets and Reservations Got To:

http://hff18.org/5087


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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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