Criminal Defence – A Comedy is a Trial

By Ernest Kearney  —  The frustration with this one-man show is that Writer/Performer Murray Meyer has been a practicing lawyer in Los Angeles for a good number of years, and during that period has pick up his share of stories worth telling.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t tell them, he hints at them while continually inflicting the audience with short clips from The Verdict, Young Mr. Lincoln and M.  He also shows clips of himself speaking, which is an odd thing to do since he’s there on stage.  Far from serving his performance, these interruptions merely manage to break the flow of his narrative.

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He offers various anecdotes of life in the legal trenches but keeps these pithy to the point of nonoccurrence.  Recounting a single case revealing jurisprudence’s foibles and failings would have probably been the course to take.  When he’s simply being himself on stage Meyer is engaging and very amusing, but as it stands even Perry Mason couldn’t win this case.

For those moments when he’s “Murray Meyer” – A Bronze Medal.


Criminal Defence playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
Hudson Theatres (Hudson Guild) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Criminal Defence 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 and Follow him on Facebook.

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