King Liz OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 13, 2015
    Closing:
    August 15, 2015

    Theater: McGinn/Cazale Theater / 2162 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024

    Synopsis: 

    Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay on top. She’s worked twice as hard to get where she is and wants to take over the agency that she's helped build. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF King Liz

    ‘King Liz,’ at the Top of Her Game and Wanting More

    Charles Isherwood

    July 27, 2015: As portrayed with fierce and compelling focus by Karen Pittman, Liz Rico, the heroine of “King Liz,” a new play by Fernanda Coppel, is as powerfully smart as she is powerfully sexy. Also just plain powerful, at least in the realm of sports-agenting, where she has nearly reached the pinnacle. Ms. Coppel’s engrossing if sometimes formulaic drama, at the McGinn/Cazale Theater as part of Second Stage’s Uptown summer season, explores the pressures that Liz comes under as an independent black woman in a field generally dominated by — well, not black women, independent or otherwise. Liz has worked for more than two decades at an agency run by a more typical macher in the field, the white, older Mr. Candy (Michael Cullen), who has been a generous mentor but can also casually reveal his condescension to the woman whose career he shaped. As the play begins, he puts pressure on Liz to sign Freddie Luna (Jeremie Harris), a high school basketball phenomenon from the hard streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Yes, I know, some are not so hard anymore.) Liz has qualms about his maturity, but his talent is undeniable, and Mr. Candy suggests that landing Freddie — and signing him with a major franchise — would go some way toward securing Liz’s stature as the preferred candidate to take over the agency when he imminently retires.

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