SOFT ANIMAL: Creative Clowning in Search of a Show

By Ernest Kearney – A big one-eyed pink gob skitters on stage; a belching, burping, farting, gurgling kinda cuddly pink blob who wants to play catch.

Then begins the metamorphosis: We follow the evolution of blob to the apple tree with obligatory serpent then through to the ape with back problems finally culminating in modern man “cro-magnon dude.”

In all this, George Aivaliotis entertains his audience with a solid fifteen minutes of extremely clever clowning.  The problem, however, is that Soft Animal is an hour-long show. 

Mr. Aivaliotis acknowledges this on stage, explaining to his audience that engaging in a spontaneous exploration of topics is part of his process.  Now, let me explain to Mr. Aivaliotis that audiences do not come to the theatre to watch a spontaneous exploration of a topic. They come to see a show.

Granted, this was a preview, and it is hoped that Mr. Aivaliotis will develop and solidify his concepts into the final realization of what he wants Soft Animal to be.  And it is also hoped that he manages to do this before the Fringe ends.

The old show biz adage “always leave them wanting more” is a proven truth, but its application is intended for an audience to experience as they’re leaving the theater, not for when they’re in the middle of a show.


Soft Animal

The Broadwater (Studio)
1078 Lillian Way

Friday June 14 2024, 11:55 PM | 1hr
Saturday June 15 2024, 11:55 PM | 1hr
Tuesday June 25 2024, 5:00 PM | 1hr
Friday June 28 202


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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 and Follow him on Facebook.

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