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An Open Letter to American Theatre Magazine - by Ernest Kearney

Ernest sent this letter to the folks over at American Theatre, but received no response and therefore, no satisfaction. I asked if he might want to publish it here at the Lemon as an open letter to AT, reminding him, of course, that we rarely get any satisfaction here either. He agreed. So here it is. CMAn Open Letter to American Theatre Magazine Concerning Their Coverage of the Bitter Lemons’ Critics Panel at the 2015 Hollywood FringeBy Ernest KearneyForgive me for not getting this in sooner, but I&rsquo...
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"Father, Son and..." Holy Crap that Was Good!

I knew I was in trouble the moment I heard the title, “Father, Son and Holy Coach.”Ever been in a Christian gift store?  You find some really ludicrous items in them.  Like tee shirts with graphic etchings of Jesus’ hand with a nail driven into the cross and his blood flowing out to spell “Jesus loved you so much it hurt!”   Or plaques that read, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.”And there’s always this totally kitsch line of cheap ce...
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Ernest Kearney's Best of Los Angeles Theater 2015

The best of 2015, huh?Well, there was a lot of it.So in no particular order here it comes:The Odyssey Ensemble Theatre started off the “best list” of my year with their stunning staging of Eugene O’Neill’s “ANNA CHRISTIE”, produced by Beth Hogan and directed by Kim Rubinstein, with a superb set by Wilson Chin and a stellar cast in Mary Mara, Tait Ruppert, Kevin McKidd, and Jeff Perry who played the “father” to his daughter Zoe Perry in the title role.Over all, I t...
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Critique of the Week (On a Monday)

Once again, Ern the Mick goes against the grain and absolutely lashes a show that’s been getting glowing reviews. Plus he manages to use the phrase “Elf’s farts” at least twice. Take a read. What was your experience of this play and whose reporting is more accurate, the 15 other critics or Mr. Kearney here?BLOODErnest Kearney – The TVolutionFrankly, I wasn’t planning on writing this review.I saw the show, and well….Robert Allen Ackerman has New York directing credits po...
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"Good People" Lacks "Fuse" But Abounds In Acting Talent

Post cards from home. That’s the feeling one derives from David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” now at the Hudson Theatre.But before going into that aspect, let’s talk actors.There are, in case you never noticed, a gazillion of them in L.A. One result of this fact is known as the actor-driven production, and this staging has the feel of one to me.Now at the low end of such undertakings you have “vanity-productions” which tend to be pretty painful affairs. I once tur...
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"Sexy Maus" Brings a Seductive Spin on the Homeric Odyssey

Andrea Schell is that friend of yours who is the life of the party.  Entertaining, enthralling, smart, sexy, she can salvage the shoddiest dinner party by her mere presence.And there you have both the strength and weakness of “Sexy Maus” which is appearing as part of the 2016 Hollywood fringe.Schell is a dynamo as she relates her journey through some of continental Europe’s inviting capitals – her itinerary connecting her various destinations together to form a huge question mark.Her jou...
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ABSURDISM AND REALITY CLASH IN "MOUNT VERNON"

As if we needed more evidence, the recent shootings in Orlando substantiate how America’s relationship with gun ownership, gun usage, and the Constitutional right to bear arms remains a contentious issue that sorely needs to be publicly dialogued—and what better place than the theater? Straight out of the school of Albee, Rena Brannan has written a two-character puzzle-box of a play which means to highlight these themes, but even with some knockout performances, the show gets lost under the weight o...
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"Amy Snowden's Casting Confessions" Needs Much Tightening

Amy Snowden grew up in rural Louisiana where squirrel was often hunted for dinner and a visit to the Wal-Mart something to phone neighbors about.But she always knew she was meant for bigger things.The voice in her head told her she was, and beckoned her to depart for L.A. where she would find stardom.In later years she would be convinced that voice was part of the sinister illuminati and got kick backs every time she shelled out for new head shots or agent auditions.In “Casting Confessions from La to LA”...
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BUMPERSTICKER: THE MUSICAL, a Toe Tapping Song Fest

Gary Stockdale and Spencer Green display great originality in their choices for topic to frame their musicals around. Bukowsical was their last effort, a toe tapping song fest about Charles Bukowski America’s ugliest poet. When they received a “cease and desist” letter from the lawyers representing Bukowski’s estate that threatened legal action, in a move that warmed the hearts of gadflies across this great nation of ours, they turned that correspondence into the show’s opening number.W...
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Magical performance from memories of Magic

Daniel Llewelyn-Williams’ taut terrific one man show, A Regular Little Houdini is filled with history. Of his home town in Wales, of Magic, of a world lost, and of a tragedy remembered.Set in Newport, South Wales, Llewelyn-Williams’ love for its history is the foundation and spine of this coming of age show of a little boy enamored with Houdini and magic during the Edwardian era. Llewelyn-Williams weaves a superb narrative drawing on actual events and places from the history of Newport – an appeara...