Kayla Boye Embodies the Role in ‘Call Me Elizabeth’

By Ernest Kearney — Set in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1961, Elizabeth Taylor (Kayla Boye) shares with an unseen interviewer, and the audience, her life story from being signed by MGM in 1943 to four of her marriages including hotel heir Nicky Hilton, Michael Wilding, impresario Mike Todd whose death left her devastated and finally to Eddie Fisher, after ending his marriage to Debbie Reynolds which resulted in a whirlwind of national condemnation in the press for Taylor.

The production, directed by Erin Kraft is exceedingly well mounted, and Boye captures Taylor to perfection.

The script however, though it turns in a fine history of Taylor’s life, is surprisingly low-key capturing none of the actress’ legendary temper tantrums and ending at the point when Richard Burton is about to enter the picture.

Nitpicking aside, the show was entertaining and informative, and Boye is exceptional as Taylor. For this –


Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution

Call Me Elizabeth

playing at The Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022

Tuesday, June 7: 7:30pm (preview)
Thursday, June 9: 7:30pm
Saturday, June 11: 2:00pm
Sunday, June 12: 5:45pm

The Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

$15 (general admission)


Learn More at callmeelizabeth.com


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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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