City Paper is not for tourists
Most U.S. residents consider soccer an activity suburban kids between the ages of 5 and 18 do after school and on weekends. But elsewhere in the world, the fanaticism of both fans and players increases with age. At least that’s the case in Tom Wells’ new play, Jumpers for Goalposts, which makes its U.S. debut at Studio Theatre tonight. The comedy follows the travails of a hopeless five-a-side team competing in an LGBT league in eastern England. After the match, the players nurse their bruises, as well as their bruised egos, and grow closer than they’d ever imagined over the course of the season. Like the majority of British dramas, it offers a bit of humor, a bit of somberness, and plenty of pints. The team in the play, after all, is sponsored by the local pub. The play runs May 13 to June 21 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$88. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org.