‘How To Be Japanese’ – A Pleasant Romp Down A Familiar Road

By Ernest Kearney — In relating the differences she encountered after moving from Japan to Los Angeles in 2004, and the odd dissimilarities she observed between the peoples of those countries, Miyo Yamauchi shows herself to be an enjoyable and very entertaining storyteller.

Her tales are accentuated by cleverly drawn olios projected behind her, and the application, somewhat overused, of a boing spring sound effect usually reserved for Road Runner cartoons.

Yamauchi is at her best when tendering cultural insights such as, “Japanese people believe alcohol is a perfume for our minds.”

However the show, despite Yamauchi’s pleasing and elfin persona, simply meanders when it should cavort, frolic or even skip, nor was there anything overwhelmingly original about the effort to allow it to stand out from any number of shows that have covered the same ground.

But for that elfin personality a


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How to be Japanese

played at
Asylum/Stephanie Feury Studio
at 5636 Melrose Avenue
on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 7 pm.
during Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022

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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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