New in 2018 A new comedy thriller about the world of snooker, the British version of pool, where a young star on the rise is forced into shady dealings by others attempting to fix a championship tournament.
From the producers: "The Nap" is a very funny look at the world of snooker - the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager and a renowned gangster, to boot. It’s a fast-paced comedy thriller where, in an exciting twist, the tournament unfolds live on stage.
English playwright Richard Bean is best known to American audiences for his comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors," which was nominated for seven 2012 Tony award nominations, including a Best Actor win for star James Corden. "The Nap" originally premiered in 2016 at the Crucible Theatre in South Yorkshire, England.
Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan ("Proof," "The Little Foxes") directs a cast that includes "Transparent" star Alexandra Billings, Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee, Tony nominee Johanna Day, Heather Lind, Max Gordon Moore, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan and Ben Schnetzer.
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Delicious...directed with an assured balance of blatancy and subtlety...it shares a fondness for the subterfuges and archetypes of classic farce, which Bean translates fluently into modern-day terms. The cast members shape their characters with just enough comic exaggeration to stay credible and suggest that not everyone is what she or he seems. The play's second, shorter act, in which all is revealed, isn't as satisfying as the first, and it rushes its final moments into anticlimax...[a] gratifyingly silly show.
You don't need to know much of anything about billiards to get hooked into this witty play. The stakes, and the plot, escalate...with the talented ensemble tackling Bean's zippy banter and weaving twists. Sullivan's direction keeps the play moving briskly. By that final match, even if you'd never heard of snooker before setting foot in the theater, you'll be invested in the outcome. But regardless of who gets the trophy, "The Nap" is a charming winner.