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

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)

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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