B+ Mom: An Enthusiastic Guide To Imperfect Parenting – Gilding Uniqueness On The Commonplace

By Ernest Kearney  —  Melissa Greenspan’s one-woman show, I confess, was a hard sell for me.  What can I say?  I’ve experienced my own form of “China Syndrome” meltdown with shows about “My dog died, after I came out, recovering from brain cancer, as I made it in Hollywood despite all men suck, by the way guns don’t kill people, parents do.”

Some would say, I should be more open to performances that are sincere expressions by the artistic community of the Hollywood Fringe; I would reply in return, “Go screw yourself after first reviewing 2,000 plus Fringe shows.”

But curse Writer/Performer Greenspan and Director Guy Picot for beating this very dead horse with such abundant infusions of talent and craft that I nearly ran from the theater bellowing in the fashion of Victor Frankenstein, “It’s alive!  It’s alive!”

Greenspan’s tale of a mom awash in insecurity on the eve of her child’s entry into womanhood is secure in an intelligent, adroitly spun script beautifully performed; while Picot, with a deft hand, makes sure there is a minimum of “furniture” to be bumped into, as he adds highlights of both subtle and expert application.


B+ Mom: An Enthusiastic Guide To Imperfect Parenting

Staged and Performed During The Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024


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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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