“Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive the Apocalypse” — And That Matters Why?

By Ernest Kearney — It strikes me that certain shows at the Fringe are trying to follow the success of The Mighty Boosh, the surreal skit comedy that went from hit at the Edinburgh Fringe to BBC cult classic and one such hopeful is Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive the Apocalypse onstage at The Complex Hollywood for HFF19. Perhaps it indicates that I am not the right audience for this show in that I have no idea who the hell Olivia Wilde is.

Director Robby DeVillez and writer Matthew S. Robinson have whipped together a nice little mish-mosh of sci-fi zombies and cultural references full of sound, fury and silliness.

For me there was one joke that got a laugh, the people behind me were guffawing themselves sick, while the row inbronze ribbon - Fringe Festival front of me were sitting there as if they were attending the funeral of a beloved aunt.

Perhaps this is a show for those who live for tweeting and are addicted to TMZ, but that’s just not me.

A BRONZE MEDAL


Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive the Apocalypse

playing during The Fringe at

The Complex Hollywood (Ruby Theatre )
6476 Santa Monica Blvd

For Complete Show Information: http://hff19.org/5978

 

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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. After a wild and misspent youth, which lasted well into middle age, Kearney has settled down and is focusing on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. Ernest’s stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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