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The Last Match

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent
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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.

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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.

 
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70
During previews
Just ok

See it if You are super into tennis or sports psychology.. they are the only novel elements in an otherwise whateverish plot.

Don't see it if You don't want to see actors feigning tennis strokes, on a static set, for almost 2 hours while they deliver moderately interesting dialogue

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want to see a show about two seemingly different individuals, tennis players, and their loved one who deal many aspects of life.

Don't see it if you hate tennis and do not think the game can be a vehicle for an extremely entertaining and philosophical theater experience.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy a story set in the tennis arena that pits the older champion vs the younger wanna be.

Don't see it if a linear play with clear direction is your preference, this hops all over the last 10 yrs of their lives

79
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if Are into the psychology of tennis and want to see some very talented actors play it out.The choreography of the game is great!!!

Don't see it if You are not into tennis. But you will miss a very enjoyable show. You think you are actually watching a tennis match .

69
During previews
Cliched, Great set, Repetitive, Great concept, disappointing execution

See it if you are an avid tennis fan. It helps to know at least the basics of tennis scoring.

Don't see it if you are expecting to gain some original insights into the lives of professional tennis players.

Also The memories that interrupt the game seem almost random in their seque... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you are a tennis fan. It's fascinating to hear what they are thinking as they play. A really cool idea, gets into the mental side of thegame

Don't see it if you aren't a sports fan or want something linear. The timeline is all over the place. The staging is unique though. It's a nice 95 minutes.

58
During previews
Banal, Slow

See it if you're a tennis fan? Can't think of any other reason.

Don't see it if Yeah, just don't...okay it was't horrible it just wasn't worth your theater-going money.

79
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Exhilerating

See it if you want a funny, well acted play about love, commitment, passion, competition with a unique non-linear story that keeps you compelled

Don't see it if you really hate tennis as that is the backdrop but certainly not the only attraction. Although you'll love it more if you love a good match

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Introspective

See it if you are a tennis fan or a fan of any sport,or if you would enjoy looking into the inner workings of an athlete's life.

Don't see it if you do not like sports (you should at least be familiar with tennis scoring) or do not particularly like flashbacks or introspection.

76
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant

See it if If your a tennis lover then this is your baby to see. This play puts you in a tennis court and you are part of the action. Well acted cast.

Don't see it if You have no interest in tennis and seeing scores posted leave yo clueless.

86
During previews
Funny, Resonant, Well-paced, Moving, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy a well-acted comedy-drama ostensibly about tennis, but really about what it is to be human, and the highs and lows that entails.

Don't see it if you're not remotely interested in the human experience.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of tennis although it is not required as it really involves a character study of the four roles; one act; fantastic set

Don't see it if you are actually expecting to watch an actual tennis match (although it comes somewhat close at the end)

77
During previews
Well-paced, Thoughtful, Committed actors, Predictable, tired dialogue in places, Original concept and setting

See it if a double memory play set on & off the tennis courts, with barely a racket or ball in sight, sounds riveting enough to pique your interest.

Don't see it if you dislike non-linear and/or talk-heavy plays, semi-unconvincing Russian accents, or are indifferent to tennis; miscarriage is triggering.

Also The Last Match centers upon two tennis stars, and their respective par... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Interesting

See it if want to get into the mind of world class tennis players. See how different life events effect the mind of a player during the US Open.

Don't see it if don't like shows about sports. The ambiguous ending may not satisfy some.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love theater. This a a great production with fine acting and splendid writing. the themes are important but there is lightness as well

Don't see it if you do not care about people. This is not about tennis per se but about passion, sacrifice and choices. Universal themes well done

83
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Like well written discussion of the a sport ( tennis) and the mindset and sacrifices that need to be made to succeed . Strong performances.

Don't see it if Do not know tennis at all.

61
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Tedious, Well acted

See it if you like tennis or sports figures. Very good acting. The sets feature a lighting installation that is quite beautiful and a nice distraction

Don't see it if There's nothing new here. It's not bad. It's just unoriginal and blend. Why bother?

Also It does feel derivative, presenting no new ideas, situations or novel ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Monotonous

See it if You are a fan of tennis or sports. The actors do a nice job with their roles.

Don't see it if If you don't like tennis you might find much of this show boring, I did. Scenes felt repetitive & I didn't feel connected to the characters

70
During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Well staged

See it if No need to be familiar with tennis. Many tennis enthusiasts were in the audience. It is a nice 4 hander against the sport background.

Don't see it if You want more than OK for the evening.

Also I usually find The Laura Pels productions some of the best around. The... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you might like a play with themes of ambition, satisfaction, and family. Following tennis is not necessary to understand/enjoy the play.

Don't see it if you're looking for something better than just okay. Slow, contrived, and pointless at times. Good idea and framing, but falls flat.

68
During previews
Pointless, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you have nothing better to do or you really, really want to see a scoreboard on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for something interesting or meaningful.

87
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging, Two more weeks of previews should help this play find its feet.

See it if You are interested in motivations and how they influence success.

Don't see it if You are turned off by sports. This is not the usual sports as metaphor, it is more a dissection of 2 very different psyches road to success

Also All the necessary components for a great show are present, but there i... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Pretentious, Manipulative, Superb acting, Questionable analysis

See it if you love tennis, detailed analysis of the effect athletes' psyche on their performance and superb acting and directing.

Don't see it if you dislike pretense, manipulation and questionably drawn conclusions on the reasons the characters behaved they way they did.

85
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if a story of life struggles & triumphs told by athletes during a tennis match that signals the turning points of their careers interests you.

Don't see it if you don’t like the game of tennis or don’t understand it or not interested in stories with underlying themes told using a tennis match.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging & acting

See it if you're up for a smartly written, inventively staged & beautifully acted rumination on ambition, identity & self-worth, by a fine ensemble.

Don't see it if You don't like metaphorical, dialogue-driven plays, tennis, tennis players or their problems—even though this script is about much more.

Also A perfect storm of particular talents make this production sing, creat... Read more Read less