“Princess Magic’s Trash Time Revue” — Talent in Search of a Show

By Ernest Kearney — I always say, at least to anyone willing to listen, that the two most common types of failures, theatre-wise, are those shows which are wonderfully produced but have no idea, and those shows that have a solid concept and are poorly produced.

Princess Magic’s Trash Time Revue definitely falls into the former category.

Funny Eddie the Clown is not able to make the children’s party for which he’s been hired as entertainment, so the birthday boy’s mother (Kija Rae) hires Princess Magic (Misty Lee)— a homeless woman who lives in the shelter where also she volunteers— to fill in for him.

Thereafter follows prop jokes and puns and guest appearances from the Goat Doctor (Paul Dini), who shows a public warning film about lockpicking goats, Spencer Frankeberger (Spencer Frankeberger), who sings a disturbing little ditty about eye surgery and a nasty stripper (Bella Luna).

Word came to me that Misty Lee was an extraordinary magician and a superb comedian; sadly neither is apparent in this show.

All the talent, and there seems to be a lot of it on this stage, comes from film and TV and apparently they thought theatre would be easy.

They are wrong.

Aside from some clever lines, concepts which are not fully integrated, actors standing on stage as if in a void of performance and a good deal of money spent on costumes and videos, there is nothing really worth seeing that’sbronze ribbon - Fringe Festival happening on this stage.

Really folks, you should know better.

A LOW – VERY LOW TVO  BRONZE for the HFF19 show.

Princess Magic’s Trash Time Revue

is a Fringe 2019 Extension

Saturday July 13 2019, 9:00 PM | 35 mins


The Complex Hollywood
6476 Santa Monica Blvd

For Complete Information: http://hff19.org/5897

For Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 Events: 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. 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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