That Championship Season

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
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not worth your time even with free tickets.

One of the worst plays I have seen. It is about 45 minutes too long and pretty boring. The acting was good but couldnt make up for the show as a whole. I would have left during the performance but was hoping it would get better.

Worth seeing for cast

Enjoyed the cast. The play was a bit dated but the intensity of the characters made up for it.

Engaging and poweeful theater!

The acting by all five actors is simply amazing--there is a real chemistry on stage. The play itself is so engaging and honest that it makes one think: Can playwrights write this openly in todays PC world?

See it for the acting, if nothing else...

While the acting is a marvel particularly Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and Brian Cox, I was offended by the ongoing anti-Semitic remarks of many of the characters.

That Championship Season

one of the worst plays I have ever seen. A terrible way to bury the talent of the cast. There was nothing redeeming or relevant, to any time period, that mattered at all. The sad part is the total lack of sophisication on the part of the nearly packed house who waited so they could laugh , a la Beevis and Butthead, "hey dude he just used the c word" . Clearly pointless as a serious, but who cares? , topic was played for a few forced laughs. I really resent that i actually paid full price for this as we booked well in advance.

Good, but not for full price

I enjoyed it; I saw a previous reviewer writing about how it was so rooted in the 1970s. I beg to differ. The racially charged language has been revived today in politics as has the "Communist" concern, only now its socialism. To that end, I found it fascinating that a play that seemed to highlight the backwardness of a small town in Penn in the 70s was still relevant today. I found Sutherland to be wonderful-youd never believe he was Jack Bauer, you could feel him having shrunk into himself. Gaffigan was great and Jason Patric was fantastic. Noth was good-he felt like combo of Mr. Big and Det. Logan. And Brian Cox was tremendous. The play gets a bit tedious at the end, but overall it was interesting to watch the themes of power, friendship, politics and privilege play out the way they did. The sound was fine.

Good, but not for full price

I enjoyed it; I saw a previous reviewer writing about how it was so rooted in the 1970s. I beg to differ. The racially charged language has been revived today in politics as has the "Communist" concern, only now its socialism. To that end, I found it fascinating that a play that seemed to highlight the backwardness of a small town in Penn in the 70s was still relevant today. I found Sutherland to be wonderful-youd never believe he was Jack Bauer, you could feel him having shrunk into himself. Gaffigan was great and Jason Patric was fantastic. Noth was good-he felt like combo of Mr. Big and Det. Logan. And Brian Cox was tremendous. The play gets a bit tedious at the end, but overall it was interesting to watch the themes of power, friendship, politics and privilege play out the way they did. The sound was fine.

Championship Season Is Over

The burning question in my mind all through the performance was...Why did they even bother to revive this play? This is a play so rooted in the political and social climate of the 1970s, that it is almost a comedy today. This is by no means..Arthur Miller...Tennesee Williams or August Wilson. That being said the performances were good excellency was achieved by Brian Cox as the "Coach". Direction by Gregory Mosher was good, as well as production design. My critique was in the writing. The characters almost became a male version of Sex and The City...stock stereotypes with no emotional arch. Mediocre at best.

RE:Feb 9th performance

The Curtain went up and I had a wonderful time for the entirety of the show. I was in Row N of the center orchestra which did make it difficult to hear. Folks spoke about it at the intermission. Each actor was wonderful in their very different characters. Unfortunately towards the end of the second act a woman became ill and the audience yelled out the need for a doctor. We heard she had a seizure. The actors on stage were so perfect.. They held their positions until you knew that the peformance had to be stopped and restarted a few minutes later. I felt for the actors. BUT it never hurt the show in the least. Everyone in the audience was drawn right back into the show. As I said - the one flaw was the sound which is easily fixed. You were straining to hear the witty remarks made by Jason Patrics character.