Tuesday, July 14, 2015
As you would expect in today's high stakes drafts and team rosters - recruiting young players with raw talent is key. What happens when that talent is so raw it's actually a danger to itself? How young is too young? To what ends will agents and teams to to exploit talent? These and many other questions are explored in this 2 hour tour-de-force presented at the McGinn/Cazale Theater of 2ST.
Karen Pittman (Liz Rico) dominates the stage with raw power, steadfast determination and a pure strength of will to succeed as a woman in a man's world. She manipulates and attempts to mold young (very fine looking) and talented high school basketball player from Red Hook Brooklyn, Jeremie Harris (Freddie Luna). The supporting cast - most notably Irene Sofia Lucio (Gabby Fuentes) and Russell G. Jones (Coach Jones) - fill in the drama and back story quite nicely.
With a quick pace and high volume the characters engage in what can only be described as a war of wills. Who wins in the end and at what cost? I leave that up to you to determine. The oddest moment of the entire play was the bizarre opening lip sync which led me to think this was a drag queen show for about 2 minutes. Thankfully nothing else in the show was as bizarre and I quickly forgot about it once the real plot began to furiously unfold.