Extended – BEST OF HOLLYWOOD FRINGE 2012
Saturday August 4th – 7:30PM curtain
Saturday August 18th – 7:30PM curtain
THEATRE ASYLUM LAB
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles 90038
VOICES IN MY HEAD: A LIFE stars Bill Ratner, one of Hollywood’s most successful voice actors and an 8-time winner of The Moth Story Slams.
HUFFINGTON POST – Reviewed by Brad Schreiber June 25, 2012
“More than just the premiere voice-over talent in Hollywood today, Ratner writes with subtlety and texture worthy of a literary fiction master. But it’s all real and the tragedies that befell him in early life, as well as his love of radio, make this far beyond the average one man show. Sydney Walsh tastefully directs with live music by Vince White to accompany Ratner’s mellifluous and wonderfully expressive voice.”
BACKSTAGE – Reviewed by Katherine Davis June 8, 2012
“He proves in his show that in addition to having an expressive, baritone timbre, he is a singer, a harmonica player, and most important an engaging storyteller…The show is deeply personal…An entertaining show featuring a funny and charming performance.”
BITTER-LEMONS – Reviewed by Larry Pontius June 22, 2012
“A very moving, very personal story told by a master storyteller…afloat with humor, wry observation and an eye for detail. The story keeps moving forward and never flags…I felt like I was seeing and hearing a real person on stage, talking to me like I was across the table from him….If I had any complaint, the show ends before I wanted it to…Ratner has a beautiful heartfelt voice…”
EXAMINER.COM – Reviewed by Bob Leggett June 21, 2012
“The sold-out audience was spellbound throughout the entire performance. This is definitely one of the best shows of the Fringe, and should NOT be missed by ANYONE!”
LA STAGE TIMES – Reviewed by Don Shirley June 18, 2012
“Beautifully written and performed by Ratner…Delivers the pleasures often associated with masterful solo storytelling…”
LA WEEKLY – “High caliber storyteller…”
VOICES IN MY HEAD: A LIFE traces the strange path that led to Ratner’s becoming the disembodied voice of a generation. Follow this middle-class orphan, liberated by a crystal radio set, through the shadowy world of electronic imagery in a media-mad nation. Meet a wicked stepmother, the mystery of the voice, the thrill of thievery, the magic of big RCA microphones, the wonder of family, the tragedy of loss, the triumph of irony and chance…with Betty Crocker and an Israeli video producer thrown in for grins.
With music by guitarist Vince White of the L.A. blues band Idle Hands, and riotous storytelling weaving love, loss, delinquency, and unforgettable encounters with characters ranging from Betty Crocker to The Lobster Man from Mars, VOICES IN MY HEAD: A LIFE is a moving delight. His stories are featured on NPR. He is the voice of movie trailers, Discovery disaster shows, “Flint” on the original G.I. Joe, Robot Chicken & Family Guy, and “Donnel Udina” in Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3. Learn more at billratner.com.