Feisty Fun For Everyone: It’s “Craftlesque”

By Ernest Kearney  —  The Cherry Poppins Productions have embraced a formula which has served them well in Hollywood Fringe after Hollywood Fringe – satire, song and strippers.

And to judge by the raucous reception given them by the audience, of which I was among, that combo has lost none of its potency.

This year’s offering of Craftlesque, written by Alli Miller with Sarah Haworth taking on the director’s duties, is a burlesque lampooning of the 1996 horror fantasy film The Craft and is exactly what it ought to be: a sexy, silly songfest.

Statuesque Shannon Glasgow takes on the Robin Tunney role of the troubled, new girl enrolled in a Catholic High School, who falls in with a coven of nubile witches.  Glasgow brings to the part a surprisingly beautiful voice.

Cassandra Nuss, Markesha Chatfield and Heath Butler delight as the wicked witches in pleated skirts, while Brin Hamblin, Lauren Avon, Madeleine Heil and Sabrina Moisoyev personify the magical elementals that our smoking sorceresses evoke with spirit.Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution

Writer Miller takes on a trio of roles usually managing to snatch the lime light with her solid comedic skills.

Sack loads of laughs, sweet tunes and lap dances for the fortunate few.

Sounds like a GOLD MEDAL to me.


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Is Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018


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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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