King Liz

King Liz NYC Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever, Original

About the Show

Second Stage's production about Sports agent Liz Rico, who has money and an elite client roster. But a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay on top.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (4)

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156 Reviews | 204 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Slow, Original, Intense

See it if you like sports

Don't see it if you don;t like sports

399 Reviews | 205 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

541 Reviews | 489 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Uneven, Relevant, Engaging

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.)

56 Reviews | 28 Followers
Original, Relevant, Great acting

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

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
July 27th, 2015

"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."
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New York Daily News
July 27th, 2015

"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."
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July 27th, 2015

"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."
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August 5th, 2015

"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."
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July 27th, 2015

"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."
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July 29th, 2015

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 27th, 2015

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 27th, 2015

"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."
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