Writer: Matt Ritchey

Matt Ritchey is a writer, director, and actor in Los Angeles. His stage mystery NEVERMORE recently had it’s third full production at Theatre Unleashed in October and his film noir burlesque comedy ANGEL’S FLIGHT (writer/director) won the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival’s “Best Cabaret & Variety” Award. His short film HOMESCHOOL REUNION is currently on the festival circuit. BFA: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, NYC; Certificate in Shakespeare: RADA, London.
Sep

Macbeth

Neither the actors nor the director fully understood the language in Macbeth. Words are mispronounced, character motive is ignored, and lines are broken apart, either to be artistic and “do something new” which changes the meaning or because they simply don’t understand what they are talking about.

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Aug

Harry Potter & The Forbidden RUSH

It’s an event that Force of Nature Productions has put up several times now, the most recent being a Harry Potter themed evening called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Rush, and is not only a great showcase but a great way for people to try out new creative positions.

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Aug

Nick Dear's Frankenstein | California Premiere

Frankenstein is not only a powerful tale of an abandoned child trying to connect with his father but an indictment of a society that condemns people for their outward appearances, thus creating the very evil that they fear. - Recommended

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Aug

Bad Hamlet

Despite the fact that Bad Hamlet has a talented cast, the production comes off in an interminably long big-budget exploratory college thesis with no core message or roadmap. It becomes a chore to watch and a reminder that, indeed, it’s not about the story, it’s about the way the story is told.

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Jul

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters is a fun, very funny, and emotional show about friendship, love, and fitting in.

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Jul

Boeing Boeing

Farce is not easy, and producers Zoppe and Philomena made a very smart decision in making their company’s first show something so tight and professionally done. For the audience, that means just sitting back, relaxing, and letting the laughter overtake us.

Very Highly Recommended

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Jul

This Way Yonder

But with great performances by Marjorie Knight, Omar Salazar, and Kelly Crossley, This Way Yonder is the direction to head for a nice mix of drama and comedy.

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Jul

Masters of the Dark Realm

There are some very fun and well-explored themes in Masters of the Dark Realm, but the show itself has just enough weaknesses in its fabric to make the whole thing feel stretched.

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Jul

FERTILE: A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation

FERTILE is a study in how to do character work in a solo show right. Not only is the structure of the show tight and moves flawlessly, but Heather Dowling creates scenes between two (or three) distinct people and takes her time shifting from one to the next as they communicate. Her timing is perfect and her characters are always honest and never rushed.
I loved the tight scene sequences and use of the fourth wall. Character shifts are hard to do well, and Heather nailed all of them.
The show is a terrific blend of comedy, tragedy, drama, and inspiration and Heather is a tremendous performer. Can’t wait to see her next project!

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Jul

FEELING LUCKY

To call an evening “charming” can come off as false praise, but it fits very well with Feeling Lucky. The performances are all good, the direction by Yuval Shrem is crisp and funny, and the writing by Fife gives us real stakes and heightened emotions and makes us care about characters in very short order – one walks out of the theater feeling that their own romantic problems (or successes!) are not only understood, but are Universal. And that’s not only heartening, but hopeful.

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Jul

Bunny the Elf LIVE!

Bunny is simply adorable. And so is Christi Pedigo. A heartwarming, all-to-painfully-relatable story about life in the entertainment business and making your rent. Christmas in June is always a good thing and Bunny takes a woeful tale of trying to scratch by as an entertainer and turns it into an inspiring warm fuzzy holiday in your heart.

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Jul

If We Run

What a great show – a well-crafted story, honest script, great acting, sensitive direction. It’s a simple story with incredibly deep stakes and emotion, a slice of real drama that should hit home for everyone who has ever had a true love and made the decision to leave it.

All the production aspects were handled deftly, but that almost-the finale-but-not-quite-blackout before the last scene was ...tricky. The show ends, but doesn’t, but then does. I totally know why it’s done the way it’s done, but it’s something to finesse for the next production. Otherwise, fantastic work all around.

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Jun

The Bully Problem

A tight script with great structure, clever dialogue, and crisp direction from Joanna Syiek, The Bully Problem also has extremely fun and stylistically varied songs, my favorite being the nerd/geek anthem “Hide.” A great new musical. A fun show with a huge heart.

Very Highly Recommended

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Jun

Treason

...It’s clear the project wasn’t intended that way and with a few small tweaks could get it to that perfect balance, but until then, it’s a well-structured satire with good performances, all-too-relatable characters, and a tale of caution.

Recommended

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Jun

Lincoln 2020

there are some laugh-out-loud moments, good character arcs, a nice interactive bit that pays off beautifully, and good acting... - Recommended

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Jun

Livin' the Dream (a journalistic journey)

If ever a Fringe show were to be labeled unironically as “charming,” Bob Leggett’s Livin’ The Dream is the one. There are other adjectives as well, of course: fascinating, informative, inspiring… but “charming” is the blanket under which they all rest... - Recommended

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Jun

Sunbathe in Darkness

It’s so goofy and ridiculous that you’re almost unprepared for when it gets real, a testament to the writing of Adam Cash and Drew Petriello, who handle the balance well and give the audience a message and something to think about...

Highly Recommended

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Jun

Wigfield

...it’s a laugh-out-loud, quality time with good direction, great performances, and a fun script. Head on down to Wigfield.

Highly Recommended

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Jun

Aristophanes' THE BIRDS

If you’ve never seen or read Aristophanes’ The Birds, the new Sacred Fools production is a fun way to experience a story that even 2400-some years later, it’s woefully relevant.

...the production is extremely solid with a top-notch ensemble, tight direction, excellent use of music and singing, and smart production and ensemble.

Recommended

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Jun

Cirque du Giselle

Using stilts, silks, and amazing costuming with gorgeous projections and light, this is where it’s clear Aeriform is doing this show.

...Aeriform is clearly taking no prisoners and will soon be one of the premiere and most notable dance companies in Los Angeles.

Highly Recommended

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