Josh: The Black Babe Ruth
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Josh: The Black Babe Ruth
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Josh: The Black Babe Ruth NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(31 Ratings)
Positive
84%
Mixed
10%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

About the Show

This biographical drama about African-American baseball great Josh Gibson returns to Theater for the New City for an encore presentation in honor of Black History Month.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (31)

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332 Reviews | 41 Followers
98
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Informative

See it if You want to learn some interesting facts about what it took for some athletes to get into the majors. You want to see a great performance

Don't see it if You are not interested in what Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige and other athletes had to come up against to get into the majors.

Also I loved the interaction that the performers had with each other and the audience. The music and singing was very good. This was not a musical, there was a guy playing the guitar and doing a little singing during the play. This was a very informative performance. I learned some interesting facts. I am not a sports enthusiast but I heard of these guys before but it was so nice to see them come alive on stage. I enjoyed Hattie Jones, she was a funny lady. Everyone did a great job. I had a great time at this play.

116 Reviews | 53 Followers
97
Great acting, Riveting, Great creative team, A tribute to all marginalized talent!, Touching story!

See it if ..like a real story of Negro Baseball League's great player Josh Gibson & the history of unfair race discrimination in early American sports

Don't see it if U don't like sports/player stories or uncomfortable with racial segregation. U really should see this intelligently produced riveting drama.

Also This is an intelligently directed & staged play about 1 of baseball's legendary Black players who was acknowledged as one of the best. His talent was respected BUT not his dignity & rights. He was thwarted from entering Major League Baseball by the color of his skin! He was finally inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1972 after years of Black athletes being paid unequally & marginalized. Script well written with facts of shameful history but without sour "chip on the shoulder"attitude. It portrayed the oppressive racial times of Josh & how he lived his life with all his attributes & personal anxieties & excesses honestly. The thespians acted vividly in their roles with Jones & Danielson's chemistry spot on as the buddies. Wife/Danielle wore armor over her loyal painful heart. Mildred Victoria shined as the sassy mistress with a caring heart. Guitar Man not only donned roles but his strumming & soulful singing provided the perfect melancholy pitch. I felt emotionally immersed.

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Like drama based on real experiences, if you enjoy exploring dramatic relationships, add a few points if you love baseball

Don't see it if Josh is the story but baseball is highly involved so if you hate baseball skip it, if you prefer big productions or musicals, also skip it

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
95
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Awesome play!

See it if A true story of legendary black baseball player Josh Gibson and is struggle against racism. Featuring his good friend the legendary pitcher

Don't see it if You do not like history.

Also Satchel Paige, his wife & mistress. Beautifully acted , directed and staged.Accompanied by life music of the period & fabulous historical photos. Do not miss it

270 Reviews | 36 Followers
95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Educational, Funny

See it if you enjoy baseball history, particularly a story about Negro League players and their struggle trying to make it into the Major Leagues

Don't see it if you're not interested in baseball, specifically Negro League history

Also A great show, well-acted, highlighting two of the Negro League baseball greats- hitter Josh Gibson and pitcher Satchel Paige. It includes informative guitar music and singing to fill in the details, along with some big screen photos. The show was a little loose on some information. The characters in the on-screen photos could have been more clearly identified.Hopefully, the show will be extended beyond its short 2-week run. Even though it was opening night, I was disappointed at the small audience turnout.

605 Reviews | 144 Followers
90
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want to see a show which seamlessly integrates how societal and personal demons can destroy a man

Don't see it if you want to fantasize that social issues do not effect peoples lives

Also I know some reviewers have criticized the "speed" of the scene changes. I think that those reviewers did not understand that the slides helped move the audience linearly through the black experiences - disappointments and hopes - that Gibson experienced in his short life.

778 Reviews | 148 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Tells some of Josh story/baseball how he always was trying to get into the major leagues of baseball. You don't have to like baseball.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this play.

Also Photos are on the screen some of them, a lot of them are very unsettling and they can make you cry.

67 Reviews | 33 Followers
90
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see a wonderfully acted, very engaging and thoughtful show which includes a talented live musician.

Don't see it if You’re not into heading to the trendy lower east side to see an inexpensive play.

Also I absolutely loved this show and I’m so glad it was brought back for Black History Month. The theater is small and intimate, you can bring the tasty $4 glasses of wine into the theater, the actors are top notch, and the message was an important one. While I thoroughly enjoyed all the actors immensely, Daphne Danielle as Hattie: Josh’s wife, and Charletta Rozzell as Grace: Josh’s girlfriend, absolutely stole the show. Daphne in particular has one scene that will keep you chuckling all the way home.

Critic Reviews (1)

Front Row Center
February 13th, 2018

"A baseball story through and through, with draw and delight for fans of theater, fans of history, and baseball fans more used to taking a seat in a stadium than a theater...A live multimedia event...Expertly told by four actors who give us clearly drawn characters. Their performances can only be called excellent...It is a compliment to Jones’ writing and the performance as it plays that the characters all have a moment...Josh Gibson deserved to play on a larger stage. So does this play."
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