Paige Fockler’s I’M FINE… Adventures in Her Brain

By Ernest Kearney  —  Paige Fockler sets up an interesting reality in her Hollywood Fringe one-woman show.  She has barged into her therapist’s office without an appointment, hoping she’ll be able to squeeze-in between those in the waiting room with appointments. 

Riding on the bipolar Merry-Go-Round, Paige treats the fellow clients to an E-Ticket verbal barrage, and holds the stage with her presence, adroitly keeping the pedal to the medal.

bronze ribbon - Fringe Festival

But in her tempo Paige, —who also wrote, directed and produced I’m Fine— blurs details, comes in fast, leaves nowhere to build and robs herself of moments potentially comic or meaningful.    

I’m Fine, which played onstage at the Broadwater, I fear, is another victim of hyphenated strangulation.

Still…..a Bronze Medal.


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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 and Follow him on Facebook.

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