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

77%
(31 Reviews)
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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Member Reviews (31)

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70
Strong acting, Well-staged, Relevant, Long, Disappointing script

See it if Strong ensemble cast (3 men, 2 women). Well-chosen projections for social context. Music well-integrated. Transformed space. Ran about 2 hrs

Don't see it if you want strong story telling. Simple plot: Josh Gibson wants to be a major-leaguer. Not a rich portrayal; gets repetitive. Slow pace. Read more

70
Enchanting, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if 4 character bio about Josh Gibson’s stymied ambition to break into MLB. Live scenes, slide shows, and singer/guitarist. Informative.

Don't see it if This vanilla bio might be better done as a 60-min TV show. The live drama scenes were colorful but not gripping. Some fun improv w audience.

Critic Reviews (1)

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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