Take Me Out (Broadway)
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Take Me Out (Broadway)

Take Me Out (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

Tony Award-winning play starring Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson about the ramifications of coming out as gay as a sportsman.

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
Slow, Uneven acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Boring

See it if you have the patience to weed through all the mindless fluff to the good bones of the story.

Don't see it if mindless rants useless to the story dilute the good plot ideas. Excruciating at points. Read more

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
Unfocused, Slow, Uneven, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in baseball/sports or want to see male nudity. There are a couple really good scenes between a lot of boring filler.

Don't see it if Unless you have an interest in baseball you may find it slow & meandering. I found myself checking my watch and waiting for it to end.

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
Indulgent, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great acting

See it if The story should be more streamlined. Good acting for the most part.

Don't see it if A shorter play more centralized.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see how multiple messages in an award-winning play from two decades ago are still very relevant. Light humor and good direction.

Don't see it if intense interactions over race and sexual orientation are disturbing for you.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy gay plots, baseball, any of the stars, and full male nudity on stage, clever writing, dramatic plot twists, friendship among men

Don't see it if you don't like gay plays or baseball, don't appreciate male nudity on stage, don't like depictions of homophobia, didn't like original,

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
Cliched, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love a well-written, modern play performed by a uniformly top-notch cast, or are looking for a gay play you can take your parents to.

Don't see it if You’re hoping for a family show because Jesse Tyler Ferguson is in it.

474 Reviews | 714 Followers
Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’re looking for a smart show with powerful themes, specifically pertaining to LGBTQ issues. This offers a perspective not commonly seen.

Don't see it if you have trouble with nudity on stage.

501 Reviews | 127 Followers
Good acting, Mixed feelings, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in baseball and the sexuality of our sports heros; an inside look as to what may go on inside the locker room.

Don't see it if The play was new and very relevant when the original opened. Somehow, it doesn't seem to have the same impact today.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
April 4th, 2022

"It’s not the kind of work that benefits much from postgame analysis, which reveals flaws in construction and logic. But in performance, now no less than in 2002...it is mostly delightful and provocative. Perhaps especially for gay men, it is also a useful corrective to the feeling of banishment from a necessary sport...But as Lemming and Marzac form a bond — not romantic but not untender, either — the ideas that Greenberg is juggling, about integration on the ball field and integration of the psyche, fully pay off."
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Time Out New York
April 4th, 2022

"Nearly 20 years after its Tony-winning run in 2003, Take Me Out has returned to Broadway at Second Stage’s up-close-and-personal Helen Hayes Theater. Directed by Scott Ellis, it remains provocative, intelligent and engaging. [Richard] Greenberg likes big words, big themes and messy complications."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 4th, 2022

"Under Scott Ellis’s direction, the clownish characters go extremely silly and broad: the Spanish-speaking ballplayers in particular ask for easy (and ugly) laughs...Ferguson as Mason breathes in the smell of the grass at the stadium, and his face transforms, blissing out, starting to shine. He does a lovely job with the role, and Greenberg’s lyricism is at its strongest in his scenes, but he’s playing against a ghost runner...Luckily, there is Dirden. He appears in only two scenes, rolling into them with a low-rider gait that establishes his dominance over the others."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 4th, 2022

"The play’s resonance goes beyond the enduring invisibility of gay men in pro baseball; it hits harder in a post-Trump America where homophobes, racists, white supremacists and other bigots have been emboldened to own their toxic prejudices...Director Ellis expertly navigates the play’s shifting moods...Ellis digs into the more sobering developments with equal skill, and his experience with musicals gives him a nimble grasp of the tricky rhythms of Greenberg’s loquacious dialogue. His sharp eye for casting helps him coax incisive performances from a terrific ensemble without a weak link."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 4th, 2022

"You might not be familiar with the ins and outs of the sport, but it'll be hard to walk out of the Helen Hayes Theater after two hours and fifteen minutes without caring about the story you just watched unfold onstage...The production team's minimalistic approach to set design smartly serves to elevate and highlight the strong performances of 'Take Me Out,' acknowledging that this is the kind of play whose success and engagement hinges on sharp, nuanced relationships and emotions between the eight racially diverse cast members."
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April 4th, 2022

"Directed by Scott Ellis, this revival, too, is a solid hit, despite a few grounding errors...Despite some new tweaks, Greenberg’s ambitious script still has a pile-on of themes, dealing with gender, race, sexuality, celebrity and spirituality, not to mention major league sports. But the playwright and this production still manage to bring it home in the play’s ninth inning with a graceful, bittersweet denouement that leaves characters still searching, still discovering and still in play for another season."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 8th, 2022

"Mr. Ellis, a veteran Broadway director here at the top of his form, has in fact fielded an entirely terrific all-male cast, almost a dozen actors who, as with the best pro sports teams, work smoothly together even as they shine individually."
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The Observer
April 4th, 2022

"Scott Ellis’ grounded staging spotlights and underlines the conflicting emotional subtexts in Richard Greenberg’s profound script, in a production of Take Me Out that is an alternately tense, funny, and heartrending toast to America’s favorite pastime."
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