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Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

From 31 member  reviews
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. 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. 

Member Reviews (31)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

A series of loose vignettes rather than a play., Energetic, Using stereotypes as a shorthand for character.

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.

Also I was raised on stories of Satchel Paige and the Negro Leagues. I have... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Cliched, True story, Interesting

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Dated, Relevant

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

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...
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