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The Rafa Play

From 1 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Gay fantasy

About the show

The theatrical pop-up The Pool presents this new comic drama centering around a retired playwright who, in his vivid imagination, is married to tennis superstar Rafa Nadal. More…

Peter Gil, a legendary but retired playwright, has been whisked away to Mallorca to a fantasy life by his husband, Rafael Nadal. When he returns to New York to let his friends know just how successful his life has become, he finds them (actress Eva Patton and casting director John Ort, CSA) in disarray at a posh New York City restaurant. When Rafa himself comes to retrieve his love, Peter is transported back to Mallorca to do battle with the realities of Rafa’s life, family, and career. 'The Rafa Play' will be performed in rotating repertory with 'Tania in the Getaway Van' and 'Washed Up On the Potomac.'

Village Voice

"Peter Gil-Sheridan madly conjures up a très-gay fantasy that imagines his own storybook marriage to the glamorous tennis superstar Rafael Nadal...Overlong and terribly silly, the farce is bolstered by the campy pleasures of director Morgan Gould’s staging, which cultivates hothouse performances amid a blizzard of tennis balls." Full Review

Creative, Great acting, Silly, A bit unfocused

See it if This is a goofy play that is a lot of fun if you don't mind suspending your disbelief for adult swim-style random humor.

Don't see it if It was a bit long and had (in my opinion) unnecessary attempted moments of gravity amongst the madcap silliness.

Delightful, Great staging

See it if Want to see a silly fantasy in the mind of an obsessed fan. Cleverly staged and overacted just the right amount.

Don't see it if Need substance. A bit too long - could have been trimmed to be a one-act play.

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy clever writing and charming performances. This play is funny, well directed and well performed.

Don't see it if you are easily confused, the play makes us work a bit to keep up with the conventions but it doesn't ask too much of it's audience.

During previews
Quirky, Almost absurdist, Enough skin in the game, Gay fantasy, Almost silly

See it if men in underwear or shirtless, willing suspension of disbelief, sassy/picaresque/gay adventures, Rafael Nadal's embodiment would please you

Don't see it if gay characters/female counterparts, fantasy scenarios, upscale settings with downscale production values, Castilian accents would offend you

During previews
Thought-provoking, Engaging, Surprising, Absurd, Scrappy

See it if you're interested in what happens when a playwright paints his fantasy life onto the stage. (And in this case it's pretty interesting.)

Don't see it if you have trouble with low production values and uneven acting performances.

During previews
Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You like funny shows with a great cast/ clever bits - Act 1 is particularly hilarious!

Don't see it if You need catharsis or to be super moved.

Cast & Creatives (12)