FLEX NYC Reviews and Tickets

(161 Reviews)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

About the Show

A bold new play by Candrice Jones about the fierce athleticism of women’s basketball.

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Member Reviews (161)

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216 Reviews | 58 Followers
Absorbing, Unique, Creative, Bold, Clever

See it if you ever played basketball or if you want a girls night out for bonding

Don't see it if you hate basketball or might be offended by honest but raw and very funny references to sex Read more

136 Reviews | 37 Followers
Great writing, Resonant, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You appreciate well-drawn characters, good redemption stories, seriousness blended with hilarity.

Don't see it if You dislike anything involving sports, sexuality, religion, race. :-) Read more

131 Reviews | 15 Followers
Must see, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if This was a wonderful play that addresses sportsmanship, sensuality, confidence, generational trauma and community in and off the court

Don't see it if You don't like basketball...there are 2 endings.

68 Reviews | 16 Followers
Brave, Blunt, Bouncy, Buoyant, Basketball

See it if You enjoy sports themes, multiple compelling storylines, and appreciate small but mighty casts! You like the bright lights of gametime!

Don't see it if You are seeking a huge production.

192 Reviews | 13 Followers
Credible tackling of very relevant subjects, Creative staging, Extraodinary writing, Outstanding acting, Absorbing

See it if real issues facing teens and society generally, love basketball, enjoy a great ensemble cast engaging in humor, pathos, passion

Don't see it if You have no interest in teens, hate sports or are a misanthrope

179 Reviews | 49 Followers
Raunchy, Fresh entertaining hilarious, Intricate and serious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Basketball is a great setting for a touching story about teamwork, ambition, crime, punishment, and redemption .The cast is top tier.

Don't see it if It's a young, fresh, and raunchy show .. not for the easily offended. Six girls- tough to keep track of who's in the know about what.

249 Reviews | 37 Followers
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an outtanding cast bring to life what's at stake in trying to play the game they love while creating lives that matter.

Don't see it if You don't care about the struggles and joys of those living different lives.

251 Reviews | 85 Followers
Fly to flex

See it if You like basketball or an all female, mostly teen cast.

Don't see it if You hate basketball or another pregnant teen crisis story. Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
July 24th, 2023

CRITIC'S PICK: "That 'Flex' manages to garner such interest in its characters’ potential is a testament to the extraordinary synergy among Jones, Blain-Cruz and the cast members, who are as present and engaged in dialogue as they are nimble at the net."
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New Yorker
July 20th, 2023

"The end of Lileana Blain-Cruz’s production does get a little faint in the paint, but for most of the show’s two hours and twenty minutes the director steers all her players to a consistent level of excellence."
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New York Theatre Guide
July 21st, 2023

“At 2 hours and 20 minutes, the play-turned-game goes too far into overtime. But ‘Flex’ is an action-filled play that energizes the audience, who cheer on the Lady Train with hometown team enthusiasm.”
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July 20th, 2023

“The most tension-generating part of 'Flex' is the actual basketball that Blain-Cruz has her cast play onstage...It’s one of the riskiest moves I’ve ever seen attempted in live theater and the payoff is an entire audience holding its collective breath and celebrating the ecstasy of victory. With that kind of pressure, even an expected ending gets an infusion of suspense.”
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Lighting & Sound America
July 24th, 2023

"Director Lileana Blain-Cruz deploys a varsity squad of fresh faces in Flex, starting with playwright Candrice Jones, who shows how a lively new voice can revivify what might otherwise be a fairly standard sports drama... [Flex] has its formulaic aspects -- including, but not limited to, a tart confrontation between a hard-charging coach and a hot-dogging star player, and a big game on which several futures hang -- but she has a feel for time and place, writes zinging dialogue, and creates freshly imagined characters. Lincoln Center Theater may have a major summer crowd-pleaser on its schedule."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 20th, 2023

“The biggest surprise may come late in the play, when even those in the audience for whom basketball is not a way of life will find themselves rooting and cheering for Lady Train as they throw everything they have into the championship game.”
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New York Stage Review
July 20th, 2023

“What’s truly important in 'Flex' is the emphasis on teamwork on and off the court...Regarding teamplay, it must be said that this acting squad gives a rousing demonstration.”
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August 1st, 2023

Whether you follow basketball or not, Candrice Jones’ "Flex" is exciting theater. Actually, the play is not only about women’s high school basketball but also passions, future plans, romance, sex, ethics, friendships, rivalries, betrayals, and possible dreams deferred for all of the play’s five teammates as we follow them from their home town games in Plainnole to the 1997-98 Arkansas High School State Championship. Using a cast of relatively unfamiliar performers all of whom are making their Lincoln Center Theater debuts, director Lileana Blain-Cruz best known for her work on new plays has kept the performance as taut as a real game throughout its two hours and 20 minutes length.
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