Love, Laughs, and Lawlessness in – ‘Oh, Lorraine!’

By Ernest Kearney  —  The first date that manages to spiral down from the awkwardness of the initial meeting into the flaming bowels of hell is not exactly a fresh concept.  But when you have a cast of highly talented actors and a script where character and punch lines are soldered firmly with craft and intelligence — eh, who needs freshness?

We open with the imposing Del (Peter Fluet) and the dizzy Lorraine (Carrie Keranen) at the outset of their very first date.  It is this excellent comic couple who will compel us along the murderous and constantly hilarious mayhem that follows.

While the roller coaster of the play’s twists and loops (provided by Fluet) is occasionally rocky, the ride is endlessly riotous.  

Platinum Medal

So, for Producers Monica Greene and Leticia Grassi; Director Victor Isaac; fellow cast members Amanda Blake Davis, Jessie Bias, Van Ayasit, Ryan Gowland; Scott Golden for (I don’t know, really, maybe getting the coffee;) and especially Keranen and Fluet a Platinum Medal.*

(*Upgraded from Gold after continual snickering flashbacks of the show.)


Oh, Lorraine! playing during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
at the
The Broadwater (Second Stage)in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Oh, Lorraine! 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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