‘To Bah or Not to Bah Humbug’ – Surefire Silliness Swiftly Served

By Ernest Kearney  — Playing onstage at the Broadwater for HFF’22, To Bah or Not to Bah Humbug is thirty minutes of inoffensive fun; a tight little mishmash of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol featuring characters like Jacob Yorick, Scrooglet and Horatio Cratchit.  Written by Valerie Speaks and Dale Jones with Jennifer Chun directing, it is fast, fun and over in two shakes of a bare bodkin.

Produced by Richard Large, who takes on the titular role, and Ron Gabaldon, the whole exercise seems to be an excuse to show off the vocal talents of the undead Scarolers, singing carolers who are a shoo-in if they ever opt to do a musical of World War Z.

Great fun….


Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

To Bah or Not to Bah Humbug

playing during Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022




The Broadwater
6322 Santa Monica Blvd.


Sunday June 19 2022, 2:00 PM
Friday June 24 2022, 10:00 PM
Sunday June 26 2022, 11:00 AM

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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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