Toni Stone
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Toni Stone

Toni Stone NYC Reviews and Tickets

(248 Ratings)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the Show

In this world premiere from Roundabout, Obie Award winner April Matthis stars as baseball player Toni Stone, the first woman to go pro in the Negro Leagues. Directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon.

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78 Reviews | 15 Followers
Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Brilliant cast and writing, also great direction, set design, lighting and sound, choreography, costumes and a very good history lesson

Don't see it if Some profound language offends.

65 Reviews | 11 Followers
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a surprising, breath-taking, lively theatrical experience that is exquisitely carried by perform April Matthis. Gorgeous.

Don't see it if you dislike more monologue-heavy plays. Read more

115 Reviews | 23 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You like stunning writing, stunning acting, and stunning staging. With meaning and heart. Don't miss it. Brilliant.

Don't see it if You like to be entertained without having to think. Or you insist on a conventionally plotted structure.

217 Reviews | 79 Followers
Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like plays about history, you are interested in the history of baseball, or want to see virtuoso acting in a superbly well-written play.

Don't see it if It’s hard to think of who wont like this. Don’t see it if you don’t like plays about race or plays where actors play multiple roles. Read more

578 Reviews | 88 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you possibly can.This is 1 of my favorite shows this season.Cast is 100% solid.Staging is clever but not obtrusive.Story is funny/touching.

Don't see it if you want a big musical.This show has a lot to say and says it in an entertaining, way.Drew me in from the first second.Mattis is brilliant.

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
Great writing, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a very moving yet very funny play with a great cast

Don't see it if Can’t think of a reason.

265 Reviews | 55 Followers
Great writing, Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like intelligent plays with a great ensemble cast anchored by a remarkable lead actress.

Don't see it if you find baseball statistics annoying. Read more

72 Reviews | 15 Followers
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in overcoming obstacles to follow your bliss. Do not need to understand baseball to follow the play.

Don't see it if you are offended by hearing the "n" word.

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
June 20th, 2019

"'Toni Stone' is at its considerable best whenever, like its main character, it’s at its most unconventional. The spiky rhythm of Pam MacKinnon’s direction; the unvarnished quirkiness of the eight-man ensemble supporting Ms. Matthis; the astonishing, dancelike movement (by Camille A. Brown) that expresses the game without mimicking it — all contribute to the feeling that we’re learning something new, but also in new ways...Ms. Matthis’s characterization holds everything together."
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New York Theatre Guide
June 21st, 2019

“Lydia R. Diamond has created a mesmerizing narrative overlaid onto the rhythm that is baseball...Her writing, combined with the supple choreography of Camille A. Brown, the guidance of Pam MacKinnon, and a cast delivered from heaven creates a quiet play that soars like an opera...This is a trifecta of great theatre - a good script, direction that pays attention to detail, and a fine cast...An evening of hope and inspiration combined with just the right amount of remonstrance."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 3rd, 2019

‘Toni Stone’ Review: A Pioneer of America’s Pastime Lydia R. Diamond affirms her status as an exciting, serious writer with this play about the first black woman to play pro baseball.
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 20th, 2019

"Unfortunately, this play seems more intent on theatrical frippery than telling a compelling story...The writing's presentational style becomes too cutesy by far...The story theater-style approach doesn't serve the esoteric material well, and anyone not already familiar with the subject matter is likely to feel lost at times...The performers' frequent miming of ballplaying moves, which at times morph into full-blown dance, eventually proves more tiresome than invigorating."
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June 20th, 2019

"Compelling, solidly performed, must-see play...April Matthis gives a stunning, highly polished performance as the literal-minded Toni...Director Pam MacKinnon captures the social tensions of the era and shows how racism permeated Toni's life off and on the field...More than just providing illuminating theater and timely social commentary, 'Toni Stone' gives long overdue credit to a woman who had to fight as hard as or harder than any man in her sport just to play the game she loved."
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June 28th, 2019

"Toni Stone's story is a unique and telling one in American culture. The strength of Diamond's play comes in the parallels she draws between the bouts with racism that bond the woman with her teammates and the sexist attitudes that separate them. But a clearer narrative is needed before Toni Stone proves worthy of its inspiring subject."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 9th, 2019

"If nothing else, 'Toni Stone' unearths a fascinating, underreported aspect of baseball history while simultaneously delivering one of the more memorable heroines of recent months….it unearths a story one instantly wants to know more about; the most difficult thing about it is that it leaves one wanting rather more than it offers."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 20th, 2019

"There's also lots of small talk, very small, and in the process, we don't really get to know Toni, or anybody, very well. She's strident and confident and defiant, and Matthis plays her with not much variety...'Toni Stone' should be about empowerment and fighting the odds and being one's own person at all costs, and what baseball fan wouldn't like to know more about the Negro Leagues? That's all up there, but it's so muted. Diamond's rambling dramaturgy keeps bobbling the ball."
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