VICE… Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! The Future Is Not Nice!

By Ernest Kearney Vice is a futuristic, dystopian drama, chock full of revolution, the dominance of virtual reality to keep populations docile, a matriarchal dictatorship, families torn apart, techno-enforced totalitarianism, and an ever-present “Big Sister” to assure compliance.

Vice has everything except a coherent plot and engaging characters. Even the central figures, —a husband and wife (Mahmoud Mahmoud and Juliette Lin) who struggle for the supremacy of reality over the prison of the virtual, and who are meant to provide the narrative drama— lack the least connection.

There is a good deal of video used in this production. I didn’t think it was, overall, used well.

No Medal awarded.


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Vice has been extended. The next Virtual Showing is:

Friday September 10 2021, 8:00 PM | 75 mins

Pacific Time (US & Canada)Streamed from Zephyr Theatre (Zephyr Theatre)virtual performance

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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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