A version of this review appeared in the Jan. 25 Inquirer.
The score of 22-14 in football would not sound like a blowout to anyone who had not watched the game unfold. This understanding applies to David Robson's Assassin, a brutal gridiron drama, a co-production now playing at Ambler's Act II Playhouse after receiving its world premiere at InterAct Theatre Company last month.
Robson based Assassin on the hit delivered by Oakland Raider Jack Tatum on New England Patriot Darryl Stingley in a 1978 preseason game that left Stingley paralyzed from the neck down. Although the two never reconciled, Robson's telling imagines a prelude to such a reconciliation, here negotiated between former defensive back Frank "the Assassin" Lucas (Brian Anthony Wilson) and Lewis (Dwayne A. Thomas), a lawyer for the paralyzed player.