‘Befok’ (or The Desperate Attempt To Impress Iñárritu) – Stir Crazy In The Prison Of Our Passions

By Ernest Kearney  —  After a chance, brief, (very, very brief) encounter with Mexican Film Director Alejandro González Iňárritu (The Revenant, Birdman, and others,) in a Whole Foods Market, South African star-to-be, professional Dogwalker, Lola Luvv is possessed by the idea she’s meant to star in Iňárritu’s next film and goes after her destiny and him like she’s wearing a hockey mask and brandishing a chain saw.

Writer/Performer Asta Leigh as the uber-stalker comes out plowing through her dialogue, her performance, and her audience like a zaftig juggernaut on meth at the expense of her script, character, and diction.  

The Afrikaner accent is a rough one at half-speed and whether it was intentional or just opening night nerves, Leigh’s turbo delivery works against her.  The show itself is long and made longer by repetitions, and while Leigh has moments both tender and heartfelt, in this tempest of shambolic concatenation she’s crafted, they simply get swept away.

Still, there is a performance buried beneath the excessive excess and that does manage to shine forth periodically.

Befok is playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023 at The Broadwater in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Befok Show Information and Tickets Click HERE.

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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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