Review On If We Run

Matt Ritchey

Matt Ritchey

Writer, Non-Registered Critics

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.

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.