‘The Portable Dorothy Parker’ – Travels Only So Far

By Ernest Kearney  —  Two parts success-one part not so much. 

What succeeds in this homage compilation to the pioneering journalist, critic, and poet Dorothy Parker is Parker herself.  For those unacquainted with Parker’s wit and life, this serves as an excellent introduction. 

Contributing to that success is actress Margot Avery who captures the world-weary Parker, while still lusting after that world just a bit, wonderfully.

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

Playwright Annie Lux has created a servable depiction of the authoress that, however, feels more like a PowerPoint presentation than a play.  We are treated to Parker’s “greatest hits” but are denied a story that would allow this work to rise to the level of drama.

Still, Lux and Director Lee Costello give audiences an excellent introduction to Parker, and that in itself earns —

A Silver Medal.


The Portable Dorothy Parker
playing at the
Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
the Broadwater in Hollywood.

For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, The Portable Dorothy Parker 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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