‘Shagadelic: The Origins of Slang Words For Doing It’- Does It F**King Well!

By Ernest Kearney — Part of the reason that this show works so well is that Writer/Performer Michael Blaha could easily be a tenured academic swaggering the hallways of any Ivy League University.  His bow-tied and straightforward persona serves to entrench the reality of a professor of etymology (not entomology) delivering a classroom lecture, as does the ever-so-apparent research that has gone into this piece, which is impressive in and of itself.

While a tad of trimming may be called for to tighten up Blaha’s casually delivered and nicely sharpened asides, he nevertheless succeeds in conjuring up a tsunami of words guaranteed to delight the paronomasiac and logophile in us all; a wonderful blending of exceptional erudition and downright goofiness.

Fringe Award-Gold Medal-The TVolution

A giggling, snickering, playing at pickle-me-tickle-me, coupling the navels, and feeding the bearded dumb glutton Gold Medal.


Shagadelic: The Origins Of Slang Words For Doing It’ playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
The Broadwater (Studio) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Shagadelic: The Origins Of Slang Words For Doing It’ 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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