Writer: Matt Ritchey

Matt Ritchey is a director, writer, actor, and acting coach. He holds a BFA in Acting from NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts, a Certificate in Shakespeare from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and is a recent graduate and Associate Producer at Director’s Lab West. His original play Blackboxing (writer/performer) won "Best Cabaret/Variety" at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Recent directing credits include the new drama American Conspiracy (“Encore Producer’s Award” at Fringe 2018, “Best Director” nom by The TVolution), Angel’s Flight (“Best Cabaret/Variety” at Fringe 2016, “Best Director” nom by Rogue Shakespeare Company), Martha Washington Killed a Redcoat (nominated for “Best Comedy” and “Short and Sweet” Awards), We Are Traffic, This Is Our Youth, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a film director, his short Poker Night won "Best Comedy Short" at the Culver City Film Festival and was nominated for Connect Film Festival's "Apollo Award" for "a compelling exploration of masculinity" in filmmaking.
Apr

Small Little Safe World

The production is small and safe – this has nothing to do with budget, as productions with no budget can be more impactful than million-dollar extravaganzas. The smallness and safety is in the writing and performances, neither of which are ready for a larger, more mature world.

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Apr

Argonautika

Director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott employs dance, silks, puppets, and impressive staging to bring the Argonaut's journey to life, a thrilling spectacle with action, comedy, pathos, and some truly lovely acting.

...Argonautika is a gem.

Highly Recommended

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Apr

Tangerine Sunset

While Tangerine Sunset has a few moments that linger too long, the show features well-crafted witty writing, crisp and funny direction by JJ Mayes, a truly impressive set by Pete Hickok, remarkable costume design by Linda Muggeridge, and is well worth crashing into Sacred Fools for an evening of comedy and pulp intrigue.

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Feb

Too Heavy for Your Pocket

Too Heavy For Your Pocket, the West Coast Premiere of Jiréh Breon Holder's fantastic play about two families in 1960's Nashville, is a touching and emotional success on every level and a wonderful production by Sacred Fools. - Highly Recommended

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Dec

A Harmony Boys Christmas – Live from Waikiki Beach!

A Harmony Boys Christmas is a theatrical fruitcake of comedy and the perfect holiday treat for the woke crowd. See it before the season is over! Highly Recommended

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Nov

The Big Event: ...meantime at HoJo's

These plays – and these productions – are a prime example of how great Los Angeles theater can be. There's only one more weekend to catch them, and I Highly Recommend doing so.

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Nov

The Big Event: Sunny Afternoon

While the cast is across-the-board stellar, John F. Fuson's Chief Curry adds a bluster of high-blood pressure and immediacy to the situation, Spencer Cantrell's Bill Alexander and Sammie Wayne's Clarence ooze Texas smoothness, and Levatino is gloriously fun as the seemingly dim-witted but prescient Elmer Boyd. - Highly Recommended

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Nov

The Big Event: King Dick

A core group of actors work in two or three of the plays and one cannot help but marvel at their stamina and brainpower, especially when performing all three plays in a single day. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Oct

Gray People (2019 Extension)

With vulnerable performances, crisp direction, set, lights and sound that set the mood upon entry, and a sharp script, Gray People is a creepy fun ride well worth taking.

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Sep

Martians - An Evening With Ray Bradbury

Martians is a fun, informative, and inspiring show that urges you to push father, do more, be better, and to live forever. Highly Recommended

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Jun

BlackBalled

Matthew Robinson's script is thick, but his actors tackle it beautifully, giving us a taste of segregated American baseball before everything changed. Recommended

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Jun

DOROTHY & ALICE: AN AERIAL PLAY

Expert aerial artists dangle, fly, swoop and SLIDE above and past you in some of the best costumes at this year's Fringe to extremely cool music while telling the story or the character connections between Alice, Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, Glinda…. it's a whirlwind of gorgeous movement, impressive acrobatics, and gorgeously lit scenes (by way of Brandon Baruch, no surprise). ...I hope this isn't the last storytelling performance Aeriform Arts does at Fringe. I see amazing things ahead. GO! GO! GO! GO!!!!!

Recommended

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Jun

Feast

Christopher Durang-style farce is hard to pull off and requires a strict specificity to style. Feast sometimes falls prey to simply overacting and broad strokes. Energy levels vary from actor to actor and this is one place the direction could have been bolstered – putting a moment of naturalistic acting into a heightened piece can add a fun comedy beat, but here it becomes muddy and drags the action.

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Jun

Final Preparations

The story and shocks are definitely worth experiencing and Studio/Stage is an excellent location for “Final Preparations.” You should consider making yours this Fringe.

Recommended

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Jun

From Toilet to Tinseltown

The performance is laugh-out-loud funny, Patrick is adorable and could easily fill the role of Myrtle in a new official Harry Potter movie. Be sure to see her before she sells out her stand-up show in Vegas!

Recommended

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Jun

Jake & the Angel

At thirty minutes with one location, Jake and the Angel has all the best aspects of Fringe: it's short, sweet, thought-provoking, with great performances, lighting, and direction.

Recommended

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Jun

Unreal City

The finale, in particular, has a wonderful feel to it – and immersion in a story, location and feeling is what this kind of theatre is all about. Recommended

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Jun

With My Eyes Shut

Great performances from Esther Mira, Craig Shields, and a very funny Olivia Schlueter-Corey, with a truly impressive and subtle lighting design by Gregory Crafts, make With My Eyes Shut a moving and powerful show. Recommended

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Jun

Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk

A story of “art, sexuality, and madness,” the show dares you to look at theatre a different way, to wonder if things are more meaningful if you know more about the inner workings of a play, or if you're really just better off being in the dark.

Laughing uncontrollably. See this immediately.

Very Highly Recommended

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Jun

God: The Apologies Tour

There's a lot of immersive storytelling in Fringe this year, but only one offers (and even succeeds!) in giving you the answers to all of your questions.

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