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.
Jun

A Mile In My Shoes

The direction by Zadia Ife is grounded and real, taking the dramatic convention of every story having a pair of shoes and making it organic rather than a stage cliché. And perhaps it's Smith's prior work as a domestic abuse counselor (and athlete, and motivational speaker, and all-around Wonder Woman) that makes her characters so relatable and specific, but whatever it may be, she absolutely shines on the Lounge 2 stage. - Highly Recommended

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Jun

Buzz'd Out! - Live!

And the spirit of that great show is BACK in a terrific new game show Buzz'd Out! Live playing LIVE at the Hollywood Fringe this year! Ben Benjamins is the perfect host for this show, his energy so high and his suits so loud that he's probably supplying power for the lights at Studio/Stage... With a fun premise, great crowd energy, and beyond enthusiastic crew (and great sound cues!), Buzz'd Out! Live is the real deal. Check it out!! - Highly Recommended

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Jun

The Word

JJ Mayes and Victor Isaac are responsible for some of the best and funniest material at the Hollywood Fringe over the years and The Word is no exception... The Word has an important message at it's core, – but to pen it here would take the fun out discovering the surprises in this screamingly funny and touching show. Just be sure to rush down to Three Clubs to find out ‘what had happened.'

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Jun

Skin Jobs

Jim Vejvoda's Skin Jobs does a fantastic job of not only tackling a modern cultural problem, but of expertly creating conflict and tension between characters whose arguments are both 100% valid and defensible... With great performances, a great script, and a killer American accent by Sydney native Fazzolari, Skin Jobs is well worth your time. - Recommended

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Jun

WOUNDED

you should go in with the knowledge that you will be watching an across-the-board stellar cast expertly directed with a script that will leave you shaken. It may be completely sold out at this point, but try to get in. You'll remember the experience for a long time. - Highly Recommended

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Jun

Yellow Wallpaper

Barrett uses truly impressive video effects (by Steven and Kevin Hilton) to create the yellow wallpaper and the images and sounds emanate within and from it, calling to Jane.

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Jun

Movin' On Up

Kehoe has a true flair as a wordsmith, the show more of a treatise or dense book of poetry than a stage play. The arguments are certainly witty and well-penned, but as dialogue and dramatic action, they lose their bite. Conflict is avoided in favor of intellectual arguments – the characters so quick to trust one another and not question their surroundings that the stakes seem non-existent.

Perhaps that's the point of Movin' On Up, though: it's not about the characters, it's about the ideas. If so, it's an evening chock full of deep, thoughtful concepts and arguments worth seeing to continue the conversation after the curtain closes.

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Jun

THE STUDY

The cinematic scene changes drag the pacing and the story (at least in my iteration) could benefit from a more cohesive storytelling finale, but it's a big idea with a unique perspective worth checking out! Recommended

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Jun

Amanda the Barbarian

The realistic apartment settings work well from a story perspective but take so long to shift between scenes (and with no music to cover the changes) that the show begins to drag after a scene or two. And while Amanda the Barbarian certainly seems like it should be about the titular character, the focus of sympathy was often her co-star, mostly because of what Amanda was putting him through. But the concept of blurring reality and theatre is a strong one that Amanda the Barbarian incorporates in a unique way.

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Jun

I Came To Make Noise

But where I Came To Make Noise really starts to shine is, ironically, in it's quietest moments toward the second half. An affecting, beautifully directed moment of silence lit only by the devices that pull us away from one another leads to a funky number of connections. It was a great shift from the preceding bombast of energy.

Recommended

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Jun

Jack Benny (A Ménage En Train)

The performances are top-notch from characterization to style to movement to diction (something woefully undervalued in so much theater), and the choice of Three Clubs as a venue adds to the 40's vibe...If you're into rapid-fire epic surrealistic theatre, this will be your jam.

Recommended

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Jun

Easy Targets: Artists and Heroes

The audience roared with laughter and pelted with footwear...This will sell out quickly, so get in early for a Fringe masterpiece.

Highly Recommended

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