“Lincoln 2020” – Another Bad Night for Abe in The Theatre

By Ernest Kearney — A promising premise: What if— in this day and age of presidential candidates who fall between rancid Republicans and disappointing Democrats — we could resurrect the ideal nominee from our past; the great emancipator, the Sage from Springfield: Abe Lincoln?

Sadly, the promising premise of Lincoln 2020, (at the Broadwater in Hollywood during HFF’19), joins the ranks of new wallpaper for the Titanic’s staterooms, and General Custer’s victory parade on his triumphant return from the Little Big Horn.

The cloned Lincoln (Tim Kopacz) at first seems like a dream come true, for down on her luck Campaign Manager Tess (Allie Leonard) but…but….

Never mind.

I won’t attempt a synopsis here, as Playwright/Producer Holiday Kinard hasn’t written a play, but a thinly veiled script resulting in numerous excruciatingly long blackouts that director Colleen Labella for some reason decided to inflict on everyone in the audience.

Kinard depicts Lincoln as somewhat dim, rather bigoted, exceedingly sexist and gay; none of which he was in real life.

Not that you can’t play fast and loose with facts in a comedy.

Blackadder, the BBC comedy series starring Rowan Atkinson, presented Richard III as winning at Bosworth Field, Elizabeth I as a cloth-eared bimbo, Shakespeare as a halfwit, Pitt the Younger as a snotty punk and World War I as sorta fun.

But Blackadder got away with all that because it was funny.   Lincoln 2020 is not.

Even actors like Kopacz, who was so memorable in last year’s Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk, seem to have undergone a talent lobotomy here. bronze ribbon - Fringe Festival

Poorly written, poorly directed and so from The Tvolution

A weak – a very weak – BRONZE MEDAL.

(NOTE: Photo by Seri DeYoung)

For complete show information go to: http://hff19.org/5843

For the total lowdown on events, plays and fun happenings during  Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 (running  06/13/19 to 06/30/19) go to: https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/


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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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