Set against the high-stakes backdrop of professional tennis, this New York premiere from Roundabout serves up a richly theatrical look at what keeps us striving and why. More…
You’ve given it all to reach the top of your game. Now where do you go from here? That’s the question at the heart of Anna Ziegler’s new play 'The Last Match.' It’s the semifinals of the U.S. Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife and himself that he’s still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero.
See it if Delve into the minds of two competing athletes and their spouses. Their insecurities, setbacks in life, and personal challenges.
Don't see it if You want more intensity and depth. This is a pleasant, moderately dramatic exploration of four characters and their relationships.
See it if Ziegler's tennis drama strives to realize two players mind set in competition & in life Fine actors hold our attention on a fab US Open set
Don't see it if Drama veers between the inspired & the mundane and is a little slow No new insights while Upchurch's effective staging often double faults
See it if ...you want to see a quartet of intense performances that reach out in a very direct way to the audience.
Don't see it if ...you require traditional scenes. Much of this play's story is told in direct address to the audience.
See it if script on occasion is poetic and contains flashes of humor
Don't see it if tennis opponents binary stereotypes: old vs new, American vs Russian, optimist vs pessimist as are wives; existential struggle contrived
See it if You enjoy great acting and tennis. Everyone was excellent. Interesting to see how the tennis matches are depicted.
Don't see it if You’re not interested in tennis (although I’m not particularly interested in the topic and I enjoyed it).
See it if theater that considers life issues in relation to individuals excites you. Loving tennis or knowing nothing about it, the drama still works
Don't see it if If you like your theater fluffy. Each of the four characters is driven to achieve a personal goal that they believe will change their life.
See it if You enjoy competition sports, and the drama behind the players’ lives. Interesting insight into the stress of staying on top. Love story
Don't see it if You do not like tennis. You expect an elaborate set. You cannot listen to a bouncing ball without an intermission.
See it if you want to see a story about two couples. One is trying to have a baby while the other is in a toxic relationship.
Don't see it if you are expecting this to be about tennis. Has nothing to do with the sport of tennis
See it if You’re a tennis fan. Shows 2 players in the semi-finals at the US Open. Shows what they’re thinking about as thry’re Playiing. Flashacks.
Don't see it if If you’re not a tennis fan, you might be bored. I was.
See it if Psychological exploration of 2 tennis champs & rivals; what drives them & how they maintain motivation. Interesting premise, well acted.
Don't see it if You want a lot of action - this is mostly talk. Choreographed tennis moves, plus use of scoreboard, are effective & clever.
See it if Wish to hear what goes on inside the minds of elite athletes.
Don't see it if Wish for more of a story and want resolution at the end (though that was not the point).
See it if you love tennis and moreso, you like metaphorical explorations of life purpose and stages of life.
Don't see it if tennis is a complete turnoff and you don't want to look beyond the storyline.
See it if You want to experience a different type of play in which tennis serves as the vehicle to discuss various life issues. Cast is excellent.
Don't see it if This type of play is not your cup of tea.It has a cast of four and the running time is 90 minutes. It is an entertaining experience.
See it if You find the existential angst of highly successful men to be compelling dramatic material. You love tennis, or interesting stagings.
Don't see it if Well-trodden themes and gimmicky stagings make you sigh. A lot of competent material, but not compelling beyond the framing device of points
See it if You adore championship tennis. If you do, add extra points to the score I gave it. Good insight on what it takes to play at that caliber.
Don't see it if Watching tennis bores you and you've read enough on what it takes, in addition to raw talent, to play at that level
See it if you can let tennis to be a metaphor for how we live life - how we triumph, undermine ourselves, face disappointment, sorrow, & joy.
Don't see it if you don't like tennis. Can't make it before the show closes.
See it if you want to see a sports play that goes beyond the sport and becomes about what the important things in life are and escaping one's demons.
Don't see it if you hate tennis. If you need a lot of drama and constant action this is not the play for you.
See it if you enjoy sports and understanding how the game consumes the athletes and affects all aspects of the athletes' lives
Don't see it if you want to see some realistic tennis moves, since it's obvious the actors' moves show that they never played tennis.
See it if It helps to love tennis. Soak up USTA environment in midtown wintertime w sleek set. Leads look and sound like jocks. Four interesting chars
Don't see it if You need resolution. Play ends on a gentle philosophical note with no POV.
See it if you would like a well crafted drama on a sports theme but including many tangential issues. A tad predictable, but still worthwhile.
Don't see it if the subject of tennis bores you.
See it if you want to see a play that wonderfully depicts how some super-competitive people are driven.
Don't see it if you have no interest in tennis or understanding competitive people.
See it if you want to see a well-crafted, well-acted drama that delves into a surprising number of issues and experiences for a 90-min sports play.
Don't see it if you cannot stand not knowing how it ends. It does not get wrapped up in a bow, and you are left to decide for yourself what the outcome was.
See it if you enjoy sports themed entertainment with intelligent discourse on what makes or breaks a star.
Don't see it if you don't like tennis or sports related productions.
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