Review: Basketball Meets Tiananmen Square in ‘The Great Leap’
June 4, 2018 - Basketballs
Saul’s tip arms is Manford (a tirelessly revved-up Tony Aidan Vo), a Chinese-American high propagandize tyro and basketball expert who has talked his approach into participating. Manford, it turns out, has distant motives for going to Beijing, famous usually to his encourage cousin, Connie (Ali Ahn).
What creates Manford run is suggested by teasing degrees, yet you’re expected to figure it out prolonged before a final tainted shot. The knottiness of his motives is serve embroiled by a timing of a muster match, that takes place during a tallness of a Tiananmen Square tyro protests. Private grievances and open conflict come together in a down-to-the-wire tiebreaker as millions watch on radio via a world.
As we might have gathered, “The Great Leap” — as befits a play whose pretension refers both to complicated Chinese story and jaunty bravery — ambitiously straddles several well-worn account forms, and not but strain. The play is full with a clichés of sports loser nail-biters, angry-young-teen stories and roads-not-taken dramas of middle-age regret.
But Ms. Magar, who has shone as a executive of genre-bending works like “Is God Is” and “Underground Railroad Game,” keeps a some-more required machine of “The Great Leap” relocating during a well-oiled pace. And a performances are well-spoken and credible, even when a tract is not.
This is a show, after all, that brazenly concludes a initial act by carrying Saul, who is about to leave for Beijing with his team, ask, “It’s China, 4 days, what could happen?” That’s one of those old questions that can be relied on to open a floodgates for a tidal call of mishaps, misunderstandings and collisions. In that regard, “The Great Leap” does not disappoint.