‘Revelation!’ – Clive Kennedy Is Most Certainly Indeed!

By Ernest Kearney — At first Clive Kennedy, with his distinctly patrician profile and aristocratic airs, seems out of place on the stage at the Complex as he suavely reminisces about a childhood divided between his family’s London manor and their farm in South Africa.

It seems more appropriate that he should be secreted away in a suite in Monaco, plotting an elaborate jewel heist with David Niven, rather than plucking the guitar he embraces as he recounts tales of lost loves and encounters with Dali; all the while drawing mementos from his past out of the old brown travelling case sitting on a stool next to him. It is a piece of Revelation luggage from the legendary line his grandfather designed, and from which his presentation draws its name.

Kennedy stands on a single stage, but occupies two striking incongruous realities; the one is an urbane and dapper doppelganger of Noel Coward, who quips, “My memory is going. The only thing I can seem to remember is that my memory is going.” And the other is “the International Cowboy,” Kennedy’s alter ego seemingly channeling the astral spirit of Hank William.

Kennedy has sailed the tumultuous headwaters of the international music scene for some decades, starting from his first band the Dead Sea Fruits and riding the surging thunderpeal of that industry into his chosen safe harbor of country music.

And make no mistake, Kennedy before an audience is the “master and commander,” for between the jolly japes of this natural raconteur are melodic woven narratives with strains shifting from the poetic to the satirical; from a lament for the transient fame of the terrazzo stars on the walk of fame to the tuneful taunting of the blatantly corrupt former sheriff Lee Baca.

Kennedy’s performance and his music are indeed a revelation, and one can’t help feeling they are in the presence of a bona fide legend that somehow, in the cruel machinations of the universe, has been unjustly overlooked.


Platinum Medal - via The TVolution


Playing during Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022




The Complex Theatre and Studios
6476 Santa Monica Blvd


Thursday June 23 2022, 7:00 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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