‘The Month Long Ham Festival’ – Some Prime Ribbing, Some Spam

By Ernest Kearney  —  A big red balloon bursting is the first event of this immersive frolic during HFF23 by the NONSEMBLE, a troupe of performers drawing inspiration from the Fluxus collective (Wow, there’s a flash from the past!)

That big red balloon serves as a fitting analogy for their effort: They blow it up, it occupies center stage momentarily, it makes a loud noise that is startling and then it’s gone; however, it certainly captures your attention, albeit briefly.

The performance is carved into individual sections with titles such as:

Free Balling,” “Mister Brian,” “Rube Goldberg,” “Wet Feet,” and “Dance Battle.”

Some such as Mister Brian, (an absurd take on the Freudian Father Complex), carry some definite weight behind their antics; some like Wet Feet … well, at least you can certainly appreciate the truth in advertising.    

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

Part “happening,” part “Dada,” part “koan,” if you go in prepared for tidbits of some very sensible nonsense, some very vapid nonsense, and a load of non-sequiturs you stand a fairly good chance of being very entertained by NONSEMBLE’s fun and games.

For the good stuff – a SILVER MEDAL.



The Month Long Ham Festival
playing at the
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
at the
Asylum @ McCadden Theatre in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, The Month Long Ham Festival 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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