“West” – Light Weight Tale Wonderfully Told

By Ernest KearneyOwen Thomas’ hour-long playlet relates a story told countless times in the history of this nation; that of immigrants coming to this country in search of a new life.

Here the narrative concerns a young couple, in the early 1800s, who set out on “the waiting mouth of the tiger sea,” leaving their home in Wales, their people and all that is familiar; bringing with them to the new world of America little else save their hopes for the future and devotion to each other.

The language of West is marvelously poetic served in a stylish and shared narrative between the husband and wife as they each recount their travels and tribulations.

And herein lies the great glitch in the piece – there are no tribulations of which to speak. One brief storm at sea and a single leering cad stalking the New York dock make the sum total of all the trials and hurdles between the Old Country and the New that Thomas places before his protagonist.

But that which the tale lacks is superbly made up for in its telling.

Director Gareth Bale and Gwenllian Higginson, the husband and wife of the piece, spin the threadbare story with great style and establish the love between their characters with such compelling sincerity that it renders one insensible to the fact that the play offers little else.


Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

Is playing during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022


The Broadwater Second Stage
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Thursday, June 9, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 15, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 18, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 19, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 1:00 p.m.
Running Time: 60 minutes

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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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