Ed Schmidt wrote and stars in this one-man show, performed in an authentic locker room, following a basketball coach's career. More…
Mr. Schmidt plays a coach identified only as Coach — no last name. The story follows Coach’s career, in reverse, through three pep talks: one just before he retired; one in midcareer, with the best team he ever shepherded; and one during the last game of his first season, in 1967, 'a full-on tirade' with language he would not use in rehearsal. 'Our Last Game' is a site specific work, staged in a locker room at the Nord Anglia International School in Manhattan.
"Schmidt’s character study, though amusing and vivid, is weirdly thin and truncated. Since flopping is his grand theme, maybe the lameness is intentional. You could say that being a loser is part of Schmidt’s brand; on his website, he dryly notes that his plays 'have been rejected by some of the most and least venerable theater companies in America.' For better or worse, 'Our Last Game' will likely not break that streak." Full Review
"Schmidt nicely captures the language of the locker room, mixing bromides with a steady stream of jargon about matchups and defensive schemes...But 'Our Last Game' falls flat. His limitations as an actor show. It’s a blunt, workmanlike performance in a play that needs something more charismatic and complex. Mr. Schmidt is a hustler, but in theater as well as sports, sometimes you need a star." Full Review
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