‘Authentic Self: The Quarantine Diaries’ – More Authenticity Needed…

By Ernest KearneyBianca Singer has an engaging persona, but that persona seems out of place within her one-woman show Authentic Self: The Quarantine Diaries.

She tells us at the top of the performance that she has just gotten out of a six-year relationship with musical theatre, but from her first song it seems like this was a very one-sided affair. Her singing is not the strongest.

She goes on to tell her stories, but alas, these are not the strongest.

To be painfully honest, and I’m afraid that’s what this job entails, this show was lackluster.

But let me say, throughout it, I did have the sense that beneath all of the lightweight debris she accumulated on stage, there was the promise of… something.

I would advise Ms. Singer, once she stops sticking the sharp pins in the voodoo doll she’s made of me, that she give some serious thought not to what she wants to be to an audience, but what she has to give an audience.

That’s how careers are made.

Authentic Self: The Quarantine Diaries

runs during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022


The Complex Theatre and Studios
6476 Santa Monica Blvd

June 11 @ 6 and 9 pm

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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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