Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for March 2011
BY Brandon Voss
April 07 2011 4:25 PM ET
That Championship Season
Jason Miller’s celebrated 1972 dramedy reunites a group of state-champion basketball teammates with their coach on the 20th anniversary of their triumph to reminisce, fight, and drink. I can’t champion this cigar-stale revival, but if you’re a big fan of its stars — Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Noth, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, and Jason Patric, who happens to be the late playwright’s son — then you should score one of the hottest tickets in town.
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, through May 29.
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yes, he’s pretty funny as the grizzled existentialist ghost of a tiger at the start of the Iraq invasion, but Robin Williams is a lot more Good Will Hunting than The Birdcage in Rajiv Joseph’s very adult play — a Pulitzer Prize finalist — about violence, greed, and the absurd horrors of war. And yes, it can all feel a little preachy and pretentious, but it’s a stellar production helmed with a sure, graceful hand by gay director Moisés Kaufman.
Richard Rodgers Theatre, through July 3.