‘Take Me As I Am: A Joni Mitchell Tribute’ – Well Worth The Taking

By Ernest Kearney  —  Australian Singer/Actress Rainee Blake builds a time machine in the Three Clubs Stage Room for her homage to Joni Mitchell, then manages to herd all of her audience into it to be transported back to 1976 for the experience of attending a concert by the iconic trail-blazing singer-songwriter Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell.  An experience does not come across as a portrayal or recreation but a mirror-perfect reflection.

Blake is submersed in the mannerism and persona of Mitchell in her extraordinary commitment to channeling the Canadian singer and songwriter immediately before the release of Mitchell’s eighth album Hejira, regarded by some as her masterpiece.

Platinum Medal

But for the true fans of the singer, it will be Blake’s performance of such classics as Woodstock and Both Sides, Now that will leave them wondering if they’ve actually been lured onto a functioning time machine.

For the wonderful trip a Platinum Medal.


Take Me As I Am playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
  Three Clubs (Three Clubs Stage Room) in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Take Me As I Am 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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