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Darrett Sanders

Darrett Sanders

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and Neil Simon: two icons of the brush and canvass, another of the written word and stage, are all cleverly brought together in this striking world premiere by playwright Brendan Hurt.
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Now running through March 17

MIRAVEL at Sacred Fools Theatre

Photo by Jessica Sherman

Photo by Jessica Sherman

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Edmond Rostand meets Hermann Hesse at the Village Vanguard in “Miravel” at Sacred Fools.

Author-performer Jake Broder’s mash-up of Rostand’s deathless “Cyrano de Bergerac” and Hesse’s novel “Gertrude” has some post-larval quirks, yet a compelling undertow propels its jazz-centric romantic triangle.   Read more…

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright/composer Jake Broder, whose play Louie and Keely Live at the Sahara  went from Sacred Fools to the Geffen and then to regional theaters such as Chicago’s Royal George, returns here once again with another musical motif – this time the world of jazz. His latest opus is a magical amalgam of jazz music and gentle tinged-with-regret romantic drama.  Read more…

Now running through December 19.

CANDIDE at Sacred Fools Theatre


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Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Playwright Jon Jory’s adaptation of Voltaire’s novella Candide is, to cynically paraphrase the satire’s implacable optimist, Professor Pangloss,  work that is the best of all possible worlds. Which is to say that it is all right-ish, if not especially powerful or inspired.

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Now running through Oct. 17.

ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS at Sacred Fools Theatre Company

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Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

One of the beauties of Natsu Onoda Power’s play is that it’s just as enjoyable for neophytes to “manga” (Japanese comics) as it would be for cognoscenti. The main reason to see this new show at Sacred Fools, however, is the spectacular production. Jaime Robledo’s direction is brilliantly creative, pushing the technical capabilities of that theatre space about as far as they can go, resulting in a dazzling display. Read more…

Now running through July 25.

TASTE at Sacred Fools Theatre Company


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Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

The premise of Benjamin Brand’s Taste, as the management of Sacred Fools Theater Company has been unabashedly eager to trumpet in preopening publicity, is a compact made between two men to meet for dinner, at which the guest is to be killed, butchered, cooked, and eaten by the host in what must qualify as the most unusual, and surely the most potentially savory, assisted suicide of all time. Read more…

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

Two men meet on the Internet and forge an unholy pact.

Screen and television writer Benjamin Brand’s first play, Taste, is based on a bizarre, true-crime episode from 2001, for which a German man named Armin Meiwes was convicted and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.

Every grisly detail of the actual event was videotaped, so Taste is a factual play that reenacts the meeting between the two men and powerfully unfolds in real time.

It’s chilling stuff, yet it’s also inexplicably hilarious.  Read more

Terry Morgan  -  Talkin’ Broadway

When one reads about a new play concerning cannibalism, directed by Stuart Gordon, the man who brought the world Re-Animator, one has certain preconceptions. Or at least I did. I presumed it would be gory and darkly humorous, and I was correct in those assumptions. What I didn’t expect was that it would be an essentially serious and weirdly touching character study, and I was pleasantly surprised by the brilliant performances.   Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

The fastidious Terry (Donal Thoms-Cappello), well-schooled from television chefs such as Jacques Pepin, caramelizes some onions in his carefully arranged apartment, the set of which consists primarily of a kitchen. Director Stuart Gordon, a gorefest connoisseur, invokes sensory recollections of cinematic Smell-O-Vision with the cepaceous aroma, when the awaited visitor comes to the door. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

It’s hard to conceive of a more bizarre and revolting tale than the one re-imagined in Taste, Benjamin Brand’s reality-based play about a pact between a man with cannibalistic desires and the willing victim he solicits on the internet.  Read more…

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

Benjamin Brand’s play, based on the 2001 incident in Germany in which a man agreed to be killed and eaten by another man (dubbed the Rotenberg Cannibal) has been justifiably praised for impeccable performances by Donal Thoms-Cappello and Chris L. McKenna, as well as for the audacious tackling of the subject matter by Brand.  Read more…

Now running through May 31.

Neverwhere, Sacred Fools Theatre Company

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Neverwhere by Robert Kauzlaric, adapted from the novel written by Neil Gaiman.


Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

After assisting a distraught and injured woman named Door (Paula Rhodes), a milquetoast office worker named Richard (Bryan Bellomo) embarks on a journey that draws him into a fantastical subterranean world that lies beneath London. Neil Gaiman’s Wizard of Oz-esque story promises a magical subculture of strange characters, terrifying beasts and exciting twists and turns, but director Scott Leggett’s disappointing production delivers a meandering fairytale of a series of myth-like quests that lack tension or genuine threat.  Read more…




Terry Morgan – LAist

Over the years I’ve come to respect Sacred Fools Theater Company as one of the most adventurous theatre groups in town. Its history is full of big shows that seem too ambitious for the space and financial means, but time and again the company triumphs, from shows such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Gorey Stories in the past to Watson and Stoneface in the present. They’ve done it again with Neverwhere, a big-canvas fantasy that, while rough around the edges, still preserves the charm and magic of Neil Gaiman’s novel.   Read more…



Stoneface, Sacred Fools Theatre Company

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Stoneface by Vanessa Claire Stewart.


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Be advised – Vanessa Claire Stewart’s wonderful play about Buster Keaton is not a barrel of laughs. Dealing largely with the latter, dismal years of the legendary silent film comedy star’s career and failed marriages (two), many of the dramatic scenes are truly heartbreaking. That’s thanks to superbly subtle and emotional performances from both French Stewart and Joe Fria as Buster Keaton (older and younger, respectively).  Read more…