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for a previous production "Central to the match was the backdrop of the feminist movement...And it’s addressing this movement and its aftermath that 'Balls' serves up and often aces...Without question it’s the depiction of the match itself that’s the main accomplishment and joy of the show...We never really get to know Riggs or King, other than some brief insight into why each is playing...No question we’ve been given a theatrical spectacle. A damn good one at that." Full Review
for a previous production "The play embodies all the audacity, daring and a dash of recklessness, that its title connotes, but it also possesses such sparks of life...'Balls,' ever kinetic, allows a multitude of other points of views to give voice to the event...The stellar performers move beautifully together...While 'Balls' tends to play more cerebral than visceral, it ultimately wins its match made in theater, as one not to be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "This unique production delivers one of the most technically impressive reimaginings of a historical event while delving into the deep emotions behind its social context...An innovative play with the most impressive level of technical precision. It’s rife with humor, poking fun at the very concept of the battle of the sexes. Yet it gets reflective in ways I never expected, offering stark criticism and authentic heartbreak that blurs the lines between the gender wars." Full Review
for a previous production "'Balls' fully captures the circus atmosphere of the most well-known—and absurd—tennis match of all time...Aside from fast-paced direction by Ianthe Demos and Nick Flinte, Natalie Lomonte’s movement direction is a triumph in and of itself...So perfectly captures the circus that was the Battle of the Sexes...As a tennis fan, I was impressed at the accuracy of both story and execution. As a theatre fan, I was blown away by the theatricality of the performance." Full Review
See it if you are a tennis fan, and especially remember the famous Billy Jean King vs Bobby Riggs of the '70s
Don't see it if you don't enjoy tennis or aren't interested in some historical background on the famous match
See it if you want a really creatively staged production in a small theater with lots of nuggets of great history and thought provoking performance
Don't see it if don't want a great story cluttered by random side stories that sometimes work (screaming fans) and don't (ball boy/girl relationship).
See it if You appreciate signs telling you the point of the play is Gay rights, abortion rights , women’s rights
Don't see it if You want an thoughtful exploration of a complicated time and the historical events surrounding the Billie J king tennis match in 1973
See it if you are interested in gender inequality in the 70s and now. Insightful material that's creatively-staged. Theater becomes a stadium.
Don't see it if you want in-depth characters or effective humor. Just get past the (ineffective) opening VO and the tedious 1st game. Lots to like here.
See it if You'd enjoy an exciting view of the classic match, shot for shot, within the circus atmosphere of the event & times presented with joy,...
Don't see it if energy & humor. Evocative & sly, remarkable precision of movement, lots of fun. A bit weak on character development but still an experience!
See it if you are not too young to have heard about the "battle of the sexes" tennis match. This one covers all the aspects of this event with panache
Don't see it if you have no interest in tennis, feminism, famous sports figures, unique staging or an enlightening plot whose ending is no surprise.