Just about anything can get turned into a play these days. Heck, even pop-punk band Green Day was given the stage treatment. But turning a near-mythical sports legend into a theatrical work takes true talent and cunning. Yet, Lombardi holds up brilliantly to the glare of Friday night lights.
Based on David Maraniss’ biography of seminal, game-changing, and inspirational Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named, this intelligent piece of theater explores Lombardi’s relationship with his wife, a reporter, and three star players during a crucial 1965 week as he attempts to lead his team to a championship. Knowledge of football or the Cardinals isn’t required to enjoy this cerebral Arizona Theatre Company production.