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. More…
Set in the '40s, 'Josh: The Black Babe Ruth' tells the story of Gibson's rise from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues. The play examines Gibson's successes, sorrows, and struggles as he tried to try to break into the big leagues in an era when the sport was still segregated.
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.
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.
See it if you are interested in baseball in general, the Negro Leagues in particular or in life in Black America in the years during & after WWII.
Don't see it if you have an aversion to the longstanding, somewhat musty conventions of telling a biography on the stage.
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.
See it if you like a drama about a man who had great talent but also great problems. The acting is excellent and at times very moving.
Don't see it if you don't like a play that discusses racial prejudice. There are some very disturbing film involving lynching. Do not bring young kids.
See it if You don't mind untempered stereotypes. If you think that vignettes make up a play.
Don't see it if You want to learn anything indepth about Josh Gibson/ Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues.
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
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.
See it if you have an interest in baseball, the Negro Leagues, and the discriminatory policies in America.
Don't see it if you have a problem with actors breaking the fourth wall -- not my favorite part of the play.
See it if True story of Negro League player Josh Gibson in the 1940s & his quest for the major leagues. Enhanced w/historical photo projections.
Don't see it if Fine, strong acting is undermined by a weak script. A shame because this is a true and fascinating story, but here it isn't told coherently.
See it if You want to see some great actors performing a play with some good ideas, but that never quite hits its stride.
Don't see it if You don't like breaking the fourth wall.
See it if You want to see a story about baseball and civil rights. The singing and scene changes and costumes are also great for an off broadway.
Don't see it if You want the feel good story only.
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
See it if Don't. The cast tries, but can't overcome a terribly written script. Cliche filler scenes. Guitar interludes. Videos of lynchings, unlabeled
Don't see it if There must be a decent documentary about Josh Gibson. www.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/sports/baseball/14gibson.html
See it if You are interested in general in black history, especially about sports greats
Don't see it if You're not interested in black history or sports history, or if you are disturbed by visual images that depict lynching
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
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.
See it if Baseball is your calling and an old-time hero that never got enough breaks to make it big intrigues you
Don't see it if Local theatre vibe with acceptable acting that never stirred any emotions out of me (except one scene with the audience). Heavy on affairs
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.
See it if you would enjoy a heartfelt, historically-significant drama with simple staging that is carried forward by fine acting.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a play related to the struggle against racism, or prefer fluffy plays with happy endings.
See it if You like historical theater, baseball, good music, and thought provoking storytelling
Don't see it if You're interested in fictional stories, or don't like small productions.