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The Last Match

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (247)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Clever
75
Avg Score

75
Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Insightful, Enchanting

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.

79
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant

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

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Intense

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.

Also As much as I admire this work, I think the story would have been more ... Read more Read less

68
Built around a tennis match/existential struggle, this is often flat and predictable

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

75
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Great for tennis fans

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).

Also Pregnancy loss is a part of the plot so some may want to avoid the sho... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

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.

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Sports-centered

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.

Also The set lighting, and sound design are wonderful.... Read more Read less

33
4 characters i didn't care about

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

Also I don't understand most of the reviews on here. Everyone says if you l... Read more Read less

66
Confusing, Intelligent, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

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.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Interesting premise, Intense

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.

71
Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

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).

84
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Well crafted

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.

Also More polished, poetic, and interesting than her other play on stage ri... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

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.

60
Cliched, Banal, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

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

Also I didn't care much about the self-avowed assholes in the titular match... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Slow

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

78
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

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.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Overrated, Thought-provoking

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.

83
Not a must catch

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.

Also Last show, first row. Wish I'd seen it twice. Nice contrast of Russian... Read more Read less

66
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You love tennis and all the players.

Don't see it if You want more of a metaphor than tennis in your theater.

80
Clever, Very well performed, Great staging, Riveting, Well written

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.

77
Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if your into tennis. interesting way of performing a tennis themed show on stage

Don't see it if you are not interested tennis

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

87
Resonant, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

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.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

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.


October 24th, 2017
"Ziegler’s four-character play succumbs early to the hypnotic, adrenaline-draining rhythms of a gentle, endless practice rally. Exciting though they may be to watch in the stadium or on the screen, sports seldom make for gripping theater...The performances rarely transcend the expected formula of...
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October 24th, 2017
"Despite Upchurch’s energetic direction, 'The Last Match' has a familiar feel. Ziegler serves insults and insights with impressive velocity, but the play doesn’t offer much new spin on its central questions about winning, disappointment and pressure. Mickiewicz and Payne...give ace performances; ...
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October 24th, 2017
“The flashbacks never achieve sufficient dramatic momentum...The play works best in its more lighthearted moments...Tennis fans will certainly appreciate the attention to detail in this production. On the other hand, if you're not terribly familiar with the sport, you may often find your mind wan...
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October 26th, 2017
"Ziegler manages to dramatize a very realistic and quite exciting tennis match between perfectly matched players. Under Upchurch’s streamlined direction, Bethel and Mickiewicz speak the body language of the court. Invisible balls are served, chased, returned and missed with grace and power by two...
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