Synopsis: In Bangok, Thailand at the height of the Cold War, an international chess match between Anatoly, the Russian Chess Champion, and Freddie, a brash American, is about to take place. As American and Russian spies swirl around the perimeter of the action, a dangerous love triangle involving Anatoly, Freddie, and Freddie’s chess second and former lover, Florence, threatens to upend the delicate balance of Cold War intrigues.
Language: There is a small amount of strong language, including both profanity and obscenities, enough to warrant an R rating.
The language includes “shit” and “bullshit,” (several times), “Goddamnit” and “Jesus Christ” (several times), “bastard,” bitch,” “son-of-a-bitch,” and several uses of “fuck/fucking.”
Smoking/Drinking: Several characters smoke.
Sex: Although there is a love triangle as a plot point, there is no sex.
For Which Audiences: Chess, with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulaeus of ABBA and lyrics by Tim Rice, is one of the most famous “Broadway failures” of the last thirty years. The show spawned a top forty pop hit, “One Night in Bangkok.” However, the small amount of strong language could be discomfiting to conservative audience members, and make the show inappropriate for pre-teens. Teenagers should attend at a parent’s discretion.