Lisa Pezik’s ‘Too Big for Her Britches’ – Just About the Perfect Size

By Ernest Kearney — Right off, Writer/Performer Lisa Pezik is this side of amazing. In taking us through the story of Luna, a daughter desperate to escape the influence of a mother who is slightly less toxic that Chernobyl, Pezik employs 25 characterizations; including those of “Shame,” the “Warrioress,” the two inner voices battling for her attention and drag queen “Dynamite Delight.”

Pezik’s transitions from character to character are dynamically delineated facilitating both the dramatic and comedic aspects of her story. Bridging the chapters of her tale are seven songs by Pezik and Drew Lawrence, and under the direction of Heather Dowling the show moves at a good, brisk pace. Where the show runs into problems are in those songs and its length. It is about a quarter hour too long.

This seems to be a very personal show to Pezik, and likely she wants to tell it all. Unfortunately, it not “personal” to an audience, it’s “entertainment.” Pezik’s tale includes the story of Luna’s difficult birth of her first child. I understand she wants to show that Luna has finally, through therapy and the love of her husband, broken the toxic cycle of bad parenting inherited from her mother. This is valid dramatically but relating at length the complicated birth of Luna’s son is not. It’s the revelation that needs to be delivered, not the baby.

Contributing to the unnecessary length of the show are the number of songs.

Pezik has an agreeable voice which is made more sellable by a strong sense of presentation. However, of the seven songs, three are superfluous with lyrics that are redundant.
Accompanying Pezik on Piano is Drew Lawrence with craftsman-like choreography by Pamela Najera. The presence of a superb signer in TL Forsberg was a thoughtful addition.

I wish to stress that the difficulties I found in Too Big For Her Britches do not lessen in any way the impressive performance by Pezik.

These impediments I’ve mentioned within the production are not insurmountable but could be easily addressed and should have been early on in the piece’s development.

The less than desirable result of the failure to do so is that Pezik outshines her own show.

Still, a GOLD MEDAL.


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Too Big for Her Britches

playing the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022

The Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Performance Dates:
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 9:30pm
Friday, June 17, 2022, at 7pm
Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 2:45pm

General Admission: $15.00
Admission 13+
Content Note: Talks about bulimia, self-harm, suicide, and some four-letter words.

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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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