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That Championship Season

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  71 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Following their annual custom, five men-a high-school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship twenty years earlier-meet for a reunion. The occasion begins in a light-hearted mood but gradually, as the pathos and desperation of their present lives are exposed and illuminated, the play takes on a rich power of rare ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (first published 1972)
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Jan 28, 2015 Nicki rated it it was ok
A bunch of old white dudes, who are having a hard time coping with not being high school super stars anymore, have a reunion with their coach who is still trying to convince them he's got all the world's shit figured out....but don't worry, at 40-50 years old, they're finally starting to wonder.
An anti-Semitic public figure, a struggling artist and a soulless millionaire are just a few of the characters that drive this plot. Well-written and surely hyper critical of issues that were still subtl
Chris Campion
Apr 24, 2016 Chris Campion rated it really liked it
A funny and entertaining read with some deep undertones. Reads fast and hits you in the gut with heavy moments of introspection and self-analysis.
Apr 24, 2013 Teatum rated it really liked it
You'll finish it in an hour. And you'll be left wondering and still thinking about it hours after you've finished it. So much so, that you decide to hang on to the library copy, maybe for another day or so, to potentially read it one more time through. First time was for plot and to get to know the story, you say to yourself. There's so much more there, you just missed it on first read.
Dec 08, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it
Twenty years after winning the state basketball championship, members of the team and the coach gather for their annual reunion.

A winner of the Pulitzer, That Championship Season is a dysfunctional twist on that old adage about high school being the greatest time of one’s life. For these men, high school was the pinnacle for them, despite their later success. The conflict of the play revolves around an upcoming election for mayor, and while I liked the individual moments, the assembled whole fel
Tarp Jones
Mar 14, 2013 Tarp Jones rated it it was amazing
What happens to a man when the best part of his life took place in high school, twenty years ago? How can he navigate through middle-aged adulthood if his high school basketball coach has as much influence over him now as he did on that championship team? And what if that coach continues to subscribe to prejudices that should have been left on the court when that last whistle blew? The inability to escape the ghost of a glorious past, and then the sobering realization that the past itself might ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Ray rated it really liked it
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I am a big fan of this play. I first saw it on Broadway in the early '70's, and it was a bold and powerful piece of theatre. The movie didn't succeed as well as the stage version. I was fortunate to be in a production of the show in the late '70's. It has always remained one of my favorite plays.It's been a while since I had picked up a copy of the play, but upon finishing it, I came to the realization that it hasn't aged well (not my copy of the play, the actual play itself). All of the 5 chara ...more
Andrew Benvenuti
Jul 29, 2011 Andrew Benvenuti rated it liked it
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Having seen the 2011 Broadway revival of this Pulitzer price winning play, I didn't have much hope in reading it. I must say that the play itself is much more compelling than the production I saw.

How many of us know a man (or men) whose greatest acheivement was winning the big game in high school or college? People who spend their whole lives trying to live up to that expectation of greatness. Worse yet, people who try to recapture that one moment of faded glory?

These characters are not lik
Sherry (sethurner)
My first reaction after reading this Pulitzer winning play about a championship high school basketball team's twentieth reunion was that I was glad I didn't know these dishonorable men. Their behavior toward one another was disloyal, their treatment of women disrespectful, and their language disreputable. That said, they grew on me. Each was damaged in some way, and all had difficult relationships with their fathers. The whole play turns on how they were shaped by their "win at any cost" coach, ...more
Jul 04, 2015 David rated it really liked it
pretty great for a play. i think i added it to my to-read list a few years ago for basketball reasons. men and drinking and cheating and all that jazz.
May 17, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
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This is my second favorite play ever, (Lemd Me A Tenor is my favorite.) Unfortunatley, the ending feels a little forced, but it is still very good.
Feb 16, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing
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A classic work of the American Theatre, almost Greek in its tragic proportions.
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Jason Miller was an Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright, known for his role as Father Karras in The Exorcist and for his popular play That Championship Season (which he also directed for film.)
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