“Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk” Mining a Treasure Trove of Laughter

By Ernest Kearney —  The Burglars of Hamm are a delightfully merry and madcap lot.

And if you needed proof of that, well there’s Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk.

According to the program, Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk is purportedly a recently discovered work by the nineteenth century Swedish playwright Lars Mattsun, author of the work, Where the Shoes Squeeze and The Toothless Otto.  But in fact, The Burglars are lying to you.

Big time.

Written by the ensemble Carolyn Almos, Matt Almos, Jon Beauregard, Joel Marshall, Toss Merrill, Katharine Noon, Victor Ortado, Laura Otis and Selina Merrill, the piece is one great huge fraud; with the tongue so deep in the cheek, it’s popping out through the sideburns on the other side.


With heavy-handed symbolism, and dialogue dripping absurdity —


“The future is but a mirror reflecting what is past.”

“The foul stench of death has made a dance floor of my nostrils.”


A twist on the whole concept, are the headphones given to the audience members to wear during the performance so that the “director,” Todd Merrill, can provide a running commentary as well as vent his spleen at his bumbling cast.

Platinum Medal

He has a lot of “spleen” for the venting.


In fact, the actual director, Albert Dayan, glides the inspired tomfoolery with the aplomb of Michael Jackson doing the Moonwalk down the length of your funny bone.




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Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk’s

Extended Dates and Times:


Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 8:30pm


 Sunday, July 1st, 2018 @ 7:00pm



The Broadwater (Main Stage)

1076 Lillian Way

Hollywood, CA


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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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