Robrt Pela on Arizona Theatre Company's Lombardi in This Week's New Times
Arizona Theatre Company
Vince Lombardi was a football coach known for his time spent leading the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowl trophies and a number of league championships in the 1960s. He was enshrined in the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Lombardi never lost a season as a head coach in the NFL, and since his death in 1970, has inspired a number of books, movies, and performances, including "Lombardi," which the Arizona Theatre Company is now producing on stage.
New Times contributor Robrt Pela saw the performance on a recent Sunday night. He writes:
Eric Simonson's play, which ran on Broadway two years ago to mixed reviews, offers a fly-on-the-wall week in the life of Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi during the 1965 football season. While Lombardi is attempting to bully his team into a championship, he's being followed around by a Look magazine reporter, Michael McCormick, who's doing a personality profile on Lombardi.
But McCormick's first assignment isn't going so well: The footballers are refusing to talk to him, and Lombardi's wife, Marie, is little help. Once he finally finds his angle, the reporter discovers that Lombardi has brokered a story-approval deal with McCormick's editor -- anathema to any journalist.
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Read the full review, "Arizona Theatre Company's Lombardi Leaves Little to Cheer About."
Lombardi continues through Sunday, December 2, at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Call 602-256-6899 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.
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