For those of you desperately missing basketball during the NBA lockout, an antidote to your hoop pangs is on the way -- a musical comedy about basketball will open for previews on Broadway on Nov. 12. It's called
His famous, enduring plot had to do with the women of Greece -- led by the peace-loving Lysistrata, who gets the ladies to band together and refuse all their sexual favors to their lovers until the macho men finally end the interminable Pelopponesian War.
The new and improved 21st century Lysistrata is hardly so high-minded, involving as it does the dreadful basketball team at one Athens University, which has a losing streak of Pelopponesian War proportions. But, ta-da, led by a cheerleader named Lissie Jones, the girlfriends of the basketball players -- you can see where this is going -- will only play zone defense until the woebegone Athens team finally wins a game. In a nice Greek touch, Syracuse is on the schedule. Do you think the streak might end against ...? Oh, nooo.
Actually, there has long been a dispute about whether sex harms or benefits the athlete. Boxers, in particular, used to be chastely sequestered in rural hideaways before big bouts to remove them from all temptations of the flesh. Nowadays, however, the consensus seems to be that amour before athletic action is a healthy pursuit. But, then, there would go the plot.
In all events, it's tough to produce sports plays, because -- unlike in movies -- it's so hard to act out games in the contained space of a stage. It's especially unpredictable if you try to start throwing around balls. Boxing is the easiest sport to portray, and, in fact, Broadway's most acclaimed sports drama was
The last basketball hit on Broadway -- the only one? -- was