Raise Your Hand…From The Dead!! (Gets A Thumbs Down…)

By Ernest Kearney  —  A good idea here – a parody of such horror films as The Hand and The Beast With Five Fingers concerning a murderous mitt, a disconnected appendage, and a homicidal hand.   

However, that good idea was wasted.  Comedy, whether slapstick or Coward, demands deft handling and precision in set up and delivery, neither of which were present here.  Scott Leggett and Tee Vaden had some moments, and the credits say Jay Dutcher directed.  But I don’t believe it.


Raise Your Hand…From The Dead!! at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, 2023
is onstage at
The Broadwater (Black Box) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Raise Your Hand…From The Dead!!  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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