‘Coffee, Tea, And Gin’ – Casey Alcoser and Lovecraft on a Loop

By Ernest Kearney  —  I’m not going to make the pretense of understanding what Writer-Performer Casey Alcoser was going for in this short, odd, and thoroughly quirky Dadaesque sketch about the American fantasy/horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937.)

Alcoser gives us a brief history of Lovecraft’s chilling monstrosities created for his Cthulhu Mythos, a glimpse into the writer’s raging prejudices (essentially, he hated anyone who wasn’t a white Anglo-Saxon massively winged multiple-eyed polyp-like male octopus of iridescent slime,) and just the slightest possible hint into a back story of the performer who, while performing before us, is constantly having his re-play button hit. 

Again, not a clue as to what was going on, but the sense was felt that like any “clew” somewhere at the end there would be a minotaur lurking within that Labyrinth.

Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution

For his clever, confusing, and intriguing work a Gold Medal to Alcoser.


Coffee, Tea, And Gin playing during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
at the
Zephyr Theatre (Zephyr Theatre)Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Coffee, Tea, And Gin 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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