Youngest-ever Wimbledon champ Adriana Zarro (Heidi Azaro) is trying to engineer a comeback after struggling with drug addiction. Playwright Troy Diana adds to her woes an overbearing tennis-coach mother, a distant father, a new love interest and the media dragging every skeleton out of her closet. Azaro, eyes bugging, head hung low, plays sad and defeated most of the time. But tennis requires mental toughness; it’s hard to believe Adriana made it to the US Open final. When you’re not listening to expository material, you witness awkward interactions, especially in the romantic subplot. You may chuckle, but not at wittiness in the script. Diana’s takeaway is nothing new: Double Fault is about having the courage to be true to yourself and choosing your own path, even if it means disappointing those closest to you. And boy, does it play up the struggle! But there’s more emphasis on our hero’s insecurity, lack of motivation and failure than on her courage; she makes choices from fear as opposed to inner strength.If you skip this one, it serves them right.—Inge Crafford-Lazarus
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