By Ernest Kearney  —  Co-Writers/Co-Directors-Producers Ainsley Ferrell and Hannah Moore have attempted to present a layered murder mystery centered around which two friends may or may not have murdered the husband of one.

This in and of itself is a solid idea.  Where the idea breaks down is in the presence of two too many “Co’s.”

The show suffers, and suffers irreparably, from the lack of a director and producer or anyone who could have told them where their effort was lacking.  Like they needed to share their voices more to keep half of their dialogue from failing to reach the back row of a very small theatre, and their attempts at over-lapping lines did not emphasize the drama but resulted in a mystery of muddle, which was not the type of mystery they sought.

Ferrell and, especially, Moore both seem to have something to offer as actresses, they just need help in presenting that.


The Sentence playing during the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023

at the
Asylum @ Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre (SFS Theatre mainstage) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, The Sentence 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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