See it if you're interested in a thoughtful exploration of what is asked/expected/demanded/required of a woman in power.
Don't see it if you're expecting a show all about basketball. (The NBA is really just a backdrop for a story about this person.)
See it if An original story, about a topic not usually covered. Gripping. Terrific performances.
Don't see it if The intricacies of the sports world don't interest you.
See it if you like sports
Don't see it if you don;t like sports
See it if You're interested in fast talking new plays featuring strong women.
Don't see it if You want to see the Showtimes series it'll be based off of without influence
"Ms. Coppel’s dialogue is finely honed, her characters drawn with a keen sense of both their forceful drives and inner conflicts. The sharp direction by Lisa Peterson keeps the pacing taut. Where 'King Liz' disappoints is in its sometimes ham-handed plotting."
"Playwright Coppel has latched onto a hot topic in 'King Liz' — the alarming under-representation of female agents in major-league sports...The scribe has also been gifted with a top-notch cast...But the dramaturgy is woefully shaky, with over-the-top characterizations and unforgivable lapses of basic logic."
"The overstuffed and tonally jumbled play by Fernanda Coppel needs that assist as familiar themes dribble out: racial divides, second chances, women making it in man’s world, having it all, regretting the choice not to be a mom. The world of pro basketball provides a different sort of dramatic arena, but the same old story."
"High five to Fernanda Coppel’s 'King Liz,' the swift-moving and hard-dunking tale of a sports agent and her struggle to balance success and her soul. This production, slickly staged by Lisa Peterson and acted by an energetic ensemble, has an unmistakable MVP:the vibrant, charismatic Karen Pittman."
"Coppel's writing can be razor-sharp, with juicy zingers sprinkled throughout. But Coppel only partially delivers on her promise to bring a new lens to the play's timely topics of race and gender. Much of the play is a comfortable restating of ideas we've heard before within a high-powered work environment, directed by Lisa Peterson with an unsettled balance between realism and exaggerated cliché."
"The result leans toward soap opera but Coppel's writing is sharp and director Lisa Peterson's muscular production keeps the tension at a high level. As sports-related plays go, this is one of the better ones we've seen in recent seasons."
"A firmly packed, but never dense, portrait of a woman. But if, at a certain point, Liz's trajectory displays the full arc of its tragic inevitability, the journey to that point and beyond is neither boring nor predictable. Coppel's quick-witted, whip-cracking dialogue, and marvelous direction from Lisa Peterson, ensure that things always unfold on exactly the time frame they should, without sacrificing tension, suspense, or theatricality along the way."
"If Fernanda Coppel’s writing is somewhat overblown, director Lisa Peterson does nothing to rein it in. Rather, she seems to encourage the definition of characters by a single trait and has her actors hammer that trait into the ground. The cast is competent, but no one really rises above the material."