Last fall’s rumor mill hinted that heavy-hitting Liev Schreiber would star in a Broadway revival of Jason Miller’s “That Championship Season.” But “Season,” which sketches former basketball buddies some 25 years removed from their glory days, was deemed “dated” by Schreiber, and his roll went to the actor/comedian Jim Gaffigan.
It’s certainly a word worth considering here — the characters’ rampant racism and anti-Semitism firmly plant the play in a decidedly pre-PC era. (That awesome, retro tube-TV helps, too.)
As for perspective: “Season’s” formula (sublimated anger + alcohol + eaaaarly morning) is a pretty standard and workable setup. Just look at classics like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Iceman Cometh,” or “The Seafarer” — angry, boozy, sleepy people are pretty mesmerizing.