‘SAM’ – Sweetness Substituting for Substance

 By Ernest Kearney – Sam is a sweet show, and writer/director/performer Sam Labrecque is an engaging and talented young actress.  And that’s about all that can be said of it.  The story Ms. Labrecque treats her audience to, that of a young actress struggling in Hollywood, suffers from an excess of “been there/done that” and is not recommended for those who are borderline diabetic.  

But the greatest flaw of this show is not its lack of originality but of ambition or daring.  In any “Fringe,” Hollywood, Adelaide, Edinburgh or even New Brunswick (if they had one) the operative term is “Fringe.”

It provides an arena for the creative to go boldly where no performer has gone before, for talent to step out on the high wire with no net below.  Ms. Labrecque has not gone boldly and she hasn’t even taken off the training wheels.



Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024

Playing June 6th-June 30th

Run Time: 60 minutes

The Broadwater Studio

1078 Lillian Way

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Ernest Kearney - author


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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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