‘Two Cats on a Date’ – A One-Trick Feline

By Ernest KearneyGriffin Kelly’s one-woman show, at HFF 2023, is an odd little hybrid of a Disney animated feature and gritty French film-noir. Think Le Dos Au Muir meets Gay Purr-ee sans the gayness.

Stuffed with mix-media, sexual betrayal, child abuse, murder, and a cast of cats, Kelly’s show is hampered on two levels. One is a script that is almost entirely cat chat. “Meows” that is, and this gag grows old over the stretch of an hour. The other problem deals with all those aspects that could make this effort into something special.

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Kelly’s show is full of twists and turns, as the staging wraps in on itself and then falls into the lap of the audience, but this onslaught of ideas tends to stumble and trip over each other. I don’t know if Kelly worked with a director or a producer on this show, but she had better if she plans to take it anyplace else than the litter box

For the Show it could be: A Bronze Medal.


Two Cats on a Date is playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2023
Actors Company (Let Live Theatre) in Hollywood.


For Hollywood Fringe Festival Details, Two Cats on a DateShow 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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