Our Last Game OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 25, 2015
    Closing:
    November 1, 2015

    Theater: Nord Anglia International School / 44 E 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003

    Synopsis: 

    Ed Schmidt, a playwright, performer and high school basketball coach, is using a locker room at the Nord Anglia International School in Manhattan as a stage for his one-man show.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Our Last Game

    ‘Our Last Game,’ the Ultimate Locker Room Pep Talk

    Jason Zinoman

    September 2, 2015: In sports dramas, the coach’s locker room talk matters more than the game. The winning shot in “Hoosiers” is a nice coda to the movie’s real climax: Gene Hackman’s speech to the team, which some professional sports arenas play during time outs to hype up the crowd. Such monologues are usually a mix of sales pitch and St. Crispin’s Day speech, but as a former high school point guard who has seen my share of pep talks, I find that the real kind is often more technical and mundane. In “Our Last Game,” Ed Schmidt, a playwright who is also the head coach of the varsity team at the Trinity School on the Upper West Side, nicely captures the language of the locker room, mixing bromides with a steady stream of jargon about matchups and defensive schemes. Basketball has its own language, and this solo play is dense with talk of diamond-and-one defense and clock management. If you pay close attention, a skeletal narrative emerges, as the coach delivers three different locker room talks from decades that go back in time. It’s a story of failed promise, disappointment and obsession.

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