New York Theatre Workshop presents a play about sports, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or leveling the playing field yourself. More…
Lucas Hnath makes his NYTW debut with Red Speedo, directed by NYTW Usual Suspect Lileana Blain-Cruz. Ray has swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. So when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything.
See it if Well written and acted. Great set. Fast paced after initial setting up and full of twists. Realistic flawed characters.
Don't see it if You want a play with any traditional hero.
See it if You're interested in stories about doing what it takes to get what you want.
Don't see it if If you need a little less talk and a little more action. It does pick up steam after awhile.
See it if you have enjoyed previous plays by the very talented Lucas Hnath. Although a slightly lesser effort, a nice addition to his oeuvre.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light comedy or unchallenging drama.
See it if you enjoy topical plays, see a dazzling set, enjoy stage confrontations and delicious twists, enjoy good acting and see a great young actor
Don't see it if Sports stories don't interest, don't like shows without an easy resolution, don't like plays in which all characters act badly
See it if you want to see a fascinating exploration of what happens when you combine the pressure of success with money and family.
Don't see it if you like a fun night out.
See it if You like sports stories. You like stories about issues. You like unique staging. You don't mind violence portrayed on stage.
Don't see it if You don't like sports stories. You don't like violence on stage. You want a light comedy.
See it if you like well made plays that are character driven. A pair of brothers depend on each other but have individual needs creating opposition.
Don't see it if you are looking for something light or silly. There are many funny moments but this is serious drama.
See it if You want to see a totally original show with a fantastic set and great acting. Very intense story.
Don't see it if You want a light night out at the theater. Starts tense and gets worse as the show goes on. But it is worth it if you're interested.
See it if Brilliant acting and directing and unusual staging of meaningful absorbing content are what is important to you. You want to see NY's newest
Don't see it if You can't handle any violence on the stage. You want to sit back and be amused. RS grabs you from moment one and hurls you into a moral mess
See it if you want to exit the theatre talking about the set rather than the play.
Don't see it if you are used to David Mamet's rapid-fire language. The author/director try to use it here, but are unsuccessful.
See it if You like a drama that is relevant to today's challenges in the athletic community
Don't see it if There is no reason to miss seeing this one
See it if like mediocre acting and a show that is all set, no depth. The set is a gimmick. The lead's acting is absurd--kid can't be that stupid.
Don't see it if you don't want to waste a couple of hours of your life.
See it if You would like to see a drama of conflicted (and very limited) morality on the most unique set of the season.
Don't see it if You have problems with suspension of disbelief when little of what you are seeing and hearing rings as authentic.
See it if Enjoy moral dilemmas, contemporary settings, fast-paced dialogue, and/or sports themes. You won't see a set like this often/ever again!
Don't see it if You think sports and the Olympics are a waste of time, dislike dialogue-heavy plays, find family violence disturbing.
See it if you like edgy, inventive writing and staging. This play takes a cutting look at "the American dream" of money and success, whatever it takes
Don't see it if you want it to be perfect. It needed to move a little more quickly and be more consistently bloodthirsty and angst-ridden for that.
See it if you like watching a hot boy in a red speedo; you like culturally relevant dramas; you like moral-problem plays that make you think
Don't see it if you don't enjoy sports oriented stories; don't like watching a hot boy in a speedo for 80 minutes; don't enjoy mild violence and bad choices
See it if You enjoy pondering "what price fame?" You like family relationships mucking up goals and achievements. Being wowed by a set.
Don't see it if You don't like fast talking, wordy dialogue. You don't like shows which include dysfunctional family dynamics. Or sports analogies
See it if You want a deep dive into the pretzel logic of ethics in sports. some parts are overwrought, but overall there's more meat than fat here.
Don't see it if You're bored by sports topics or come in expecting the text to be as perfect as the set design.