‘My Dead Dad’ – Laments of an Engaging Son

By Ernest Kearney  —  Samuel Jae is covering very well-trodden ground here – very well covered.  The show needs tightening and structuring, neither of which it displayed. And the show is under-rehearsed, whether one should chide the director, (Ana-Marija Stojic) and the producer for this, I can’t say.

For example, we never get a grip on whether Jae liked his father or resented him. If Jae doesn’t even know, then that could have been the precise thrust of the show, which would have provided the “T & S.”

Still, despite the nit-picking above, Jae is exceedingly engaging, usually when he steps out of “performing mode,” and, simply, allows his interior funny bone to shine forth.  And Jae certainly does have one.

bronze ribbon - Fringe Festival

To be fair to Jae and Stojic, this was the first show on the first night of Fringe for me.  Chances are Jae will only get better down the line.

A Bronze Medal for good intentions.


My Dead Dad is playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023 at The Hudson Theatres in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, My Dead Dad 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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