American Conspiracy

ensemble theatre · cyanide theatre · United States of America

world premiere
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AYESHA SIDDIQUI certified reviewer June 12, 2018
tagged as: dark · well acted · conspiracy · Bold · excellent · well written
Superb acting, writing, and direction that immediately transports you to two separate settings in the early 1980s. The script was clean, quick-paced, and the characters well developed. The direction was clear and cohesive- not a moment was missed. The actor's performances were deep, nuanced, and sometimes surprising. I LOVED this show. I wish it had been a two act- it really deserved additional time on that stage.... full review
MATTHEW ROBINSON certified reviewer June 21, 2018
A production as suspenseful as it is hilarious! Overflowing with great performances, sharp writing and clever staging "American Conspiracy" is one of my favorite plays of the Hollywood Fringe. Schwartz seemingly effortlessly has created an intriguing story packed with memorable characters and moments that days later I still found myself chuckling about or mulling over in reflection. Ritchey of course directed this play to look and feel so lived in and pointed. The performances all around feel genuine and robust enough to balance the weight of the situation along with everyday issues and the comedy of life's tragedies. I cannot recommend this play enough!... full review
DYLAN WALLACE certified reviewer June 04, 2018
tagged as: political · family · drama
Great writing. Great directing. Great acting. While on the surface you know something is lurking, that only serves as the present circumstances of the world these characters live in. A relationship driven story about family. It doesn’t matter which side of the party line you fall, you’re there for the characters.... full review
BILLY RAY BREWTON certified reviewer June 10, 2018
AMERICAN CONSPIRACY takes a story most of us know and expounds upon it and subverts it in engaging and unexpected ways. The assassination attempt is the backdrop, but this is really the story of disparate characters that feel trapped by 'something', desperately looking for ways out. It's a feeling we can all relate to, and writer Benjamin Schwartz deftly blends the comedy and drama in ways that take a simple tale and turn it into something truly complex. ... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 12, 2018
What a sharp-witted, superbly acted show. It deals with fascinating questions about family and power and money, but is never overbearing with the messages.... full review
DAVID REYNOLDS certified reviewer June 14, 2018
tagged as: drama · intense · Acting · writing
Awesome. Loved it. I wanted more of it! An in-depth look at two different relationships, both with their power struggles and life changing conversations. Loved the script and the crackling dialogue kept the back and forth pacing unrelenting. The direction kept me in the present moment while splitting between the two different times. ... full review
MATTHEW MARTIN certified reviewer June 27, 2018
Wow! What an achievement! This show brings you in from the opening speech, given by one of the actors in character! From the first 5min you have an idea of what you're about to see. 15min later you are on the edge of your seat and stay that way until the curtain falls! The work that Schwartz and Ritchey do with this material is incredible. They have brought to Fringe a story that is so connected with who we are as a society and where we've come. It's just breathtaking to watch everyone on stage bring this story to life. From the diner to the office these actors don't miss a beat and will carry you over the finish line with incredible ease! This is one play at Fringe that truly everyone should see! If not just for the sheer histori... full review
RYAN LISMAN certified reviewer June 14, 2018
American Conspiracy is absolutely awesome, this thrilling play takes you through so many ups and downs, it's an experience that you will certainly remember. Ben Schwartz's writing is incredibly nuanced, clever, witty, thought-provoking, intense, and innovative, his dialogue allows for the characters to explore the deepest parts of themselves and unleash the inner beasts that reside inside them. Aiding the writing is Matt Ritchey's superb direction, which pushes the already high stakes in the play to an astronomical level that left me as a viewer on the edge of my seat. All 6 actors were fantastic, embodying their unique and complex characters with a sincere touch of humanity, allowing for their many layers to shine and be treasured. This is ... full review
TINKS LOVELACE certified reviewer June 11, 2018
Wonderful writing from Benjamin Schwartz. Bravo! Makes me want to do cocaine erryday. ... full review
STEPHANIE LYN certified reviewer June 01, 2018
Wow! I enjoyed every second of American Conspiracy. The diner scenes were fantastic, and the emotional tension between mother and daughter felt as if I was witnessing a typical family drama. The interaction between the son battling to save the oil company and the self-interested banker resulted in a thought-provoking twist, providing an imaginative peek behind the scenes of politics and power. The story and dialogue were riveting. Great job to this outstanding fringe team, including the director and especially the writer! I hope to see this show move to more SoCal stages. ... full review