This has to be a Coincidence – Needs Some Skepticism

By Ernest Kearney  —  Hanoch Serebrenik is a very funny soul.  His comic timing and his mannerisms display that happy combination of talent and experience. 

And so his show, This has to be a Coincidence!, a journey of self-discovery from a childhood in the narco violence of Colombia to trying to find his way in America, is rife with humor and laughs.

Where the trouble comes in is in a lack of editing.  In telling us too much he ends up engaging us too little.  Worst of all, it ends up obscuring the best of that which Serebrenik has to offer audiences, namely himself.

Directed by Louie Liberti.


Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

This has to be a Coincidence!

Played During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022

By Ernest Kearney  —  Hanoch Serebrenik is a very funny soul.  His comic timing and his mannerisms display that happy combination of talent and experience.

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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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