By Ernest Kearney  —  Take one-part Discovery Channel, one-part Hair, two-part Monty Python, mix well and you have Bugs!; a musical celebration of creepy crawlers, a humorous Hellstrom Chronicle played for chuckles.  And chuckles there are: a rock & roll David Attenborough, a dung beetle with an obligatory prized ball of malodorous doo-doo chasing others about with the manic merriment of Benny Hill, and an artistically inclined spider and his captured audience.  Chuckles and snickers. 

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

The satirical swarm of Bugs! does lose some buzzing after the first half of the show, but you still leave with more “laffs” than you came in with, for that a Silver Medal.


Bugs! playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
at the
The Broadwater (Main Stage), in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Bugs! 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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