By Ernest Kearney — As a huge fan of the international art of clowning, right at the top of my “To See” list from the get go of Hollywood Fringe 22 was Japan’s Theatre Group Gumbo production of Are You Loving It?

Unfortunately, I am afraid I have to respond: No.

Arriving with a suitcase full of “Best of Fest” and “Patron’s Pick” awards from numerous other Fringes in both the US of A and Canada I was disappointed to find this razzing of American cultural imperialism rather flat and overall uninspired.

Ryo Nishihara is a loyal Japanese employee of that multinational iconic fast-food chain WacDonalds. He is assisted by Kayo Tamura and Nono Miyasaka. What do we have? Well Nishihara pulling out his intestine, abusive Japanese mothers, dancing poo and a love letter from Jesus.

While Nishihara and company did have the pace and craziness you find in the comic dual of Gamarjobat, there was a fug of listlessness that settled over the whole performance.

Maybe jet-lag, or maybe it’s time the trio retired the show. I don’t know.

What I do know is a SILVER MEDAL.

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

Are You Loving It?

Played During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022


McCadden Theatre
1157 N. McCadden Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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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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