INGERSOLL SPEAKS!

solo performance · lean dog mean dog productions · Ages 12+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MORNA MURPHY MARTELL

June 23, 2017 not born yesterday

What I liked

Kearney spoke to us directly as the original orator, intellectual and atheist, Robert Ingersoll, with humor as well as fervor, and also let us see the man as a loving husband and father. A wonderful performance that never lagged. History came to life and connected to the present.

What I didn't like

Since most people today never heard of Robert Ingersoll it might help to have huge posters and/or a slide show background to show how immensely popular he was in his day. Also take it to the colleges so young people today who are fighting for our freedoms will see they are not alone in their beliefs.

My overall impression

Everything actor Ernest Kearney chooses to speak to us, through the actual words of Robert Ingersoll, resonates today! Hey, Kearney might just have brought this guy Ingersoll back from the 19th Century in a space ship because here he is, in person, talking about the encroachment of religion on politics and pretty soon the ending of the democratic dream! Go if you dare and tremble because it is not an old philosopher but a passionate advocate for freedom and justice and, yes, compassion on that stage.

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