The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine - A Review in Laughter

The wonderful play

The Met Theater has an exciting new production that will make you laugh your socks off and make your heart break at the same time.  Very few plays can make both emotions surge simultaneously.  But, Anger in Ernest and Ernestine has surpassed this in leaps and bounds.  It was amazing to witness two actors accomplish the whole story all by themselves.  It is a feat that is not easily executed because of the burden of keeping the audiences attention.  But, Dana Pupkin and Adam Briggs had the audience in the palm of their hands.  They laughed, they cried, and the audience laughed and cried along with them.  The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine has come all the way from Canada with Director David Gram and has found a great little place to set itself up and entice the population of Los Angeles with a little dark comedy.  

Dana Pupkin and Adam Briggs

The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is a two actor play with a very small stage.  The stage is so small that there is no distinction between where the audience is supposed to sit and where the play's going to happen.  The theater room itself is very small, unassuming, dark hole in the wall and I wondered if I actually stepped into the right room.   At first, I was a little hesitant to go in; I thought I walked into the wrong room.  When I realized that this was the right room it made me wonder about what the director's goal was that he wanted accomplish in such small quarters.  He might have gotten into an argument with the board members and was banished to the unknown purgatory of theater stages.   I was confused because this play was such a hit in Canada.  The only other conclusion that I could come up with is there was internal conflicts within the theater community over moose and the authenticity of ice hockey.  

Dana Pupkin and Adam Briggs

As the play started, it became clear what the director's goal was for this play.  I realized that this setting was perfect to view Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.  It seemed like we, the audience, were peaking into a couple's life and was witnessing the unfolding events in their life.   At times, I felt like a peeping tom and was peeping into somebody's life and I became acutely embarrassed.   I saw Ernest and Ernestine fall in love, see their married life, and a unique angle to what it must be like to be a newlywed.  In The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine the honeymoon is definitely over.  For those who enjoy feeling the heat and emotions from a play, the actors presence, and being right their in the moment.  Then this is a true play that will push you to those limits. 

Dana Pupkin and Adam Briggs acting were superb.  The actors carried the whole play between them and at the same time keep the audience amused and intent on the play.   It is not easy maintaining the audience's attention on two people for almost two hours.  The actors put so much heart into their story that you feel the connection between Ernest and Ernestine.  The only downside to the acting is at times the actors try so hard to convince the audience of their story that you cringe and are convinced that they are screaming one foot away from you face.  The acting was very dramatic that you felt so bad.  It's as if the more they yelled and was melodramatic the more we were supposed to like it.   But, sometimes a wrench in the engine can be a good thing because for sure, with all the yelling it kept my mind from wandering. 

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So, if you like drama, comedy, and a little yelling then this is the dime for you.  I thoroughly recommend The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine to you.  It has an independent vibe and very intimate setting.  You can't get more intimate with The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine.  They have definitely put a new twist on the stereotypical newlywed's life.  I can only imagine how many people have been through the same but, I don't expect you to imagine it.  So, go and catch The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine and laugh and cry your heart out. 

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