See it if A well told story about sugar ray Robinson. Goes back and forth from past to present.
Don't see it if If you do not like one acts or sports plays.
See it if You appreciate fine acting even if in a simple, off-off-Broadway production
Don't see it if You disdain boxing or want a polished production Read more
See it if you are looking for a truly powerful theatrical oeuvre. If you're in for a tour de force.
Don't see it if you want something sweet and fluffy.
"Reginald L. Wilson exudes warmth, and that helps make a fairly good play quite a bit better...The play is primarily anecdotes and casual storytelling, and would be far less successful if done on a traditional stage...Scenes in which Robinson recalls his mother and where he remembers a conversation with Muhammad Ali are especially touching...While a tighter story line (and some nuance) would be welcome, the structure allows Mr. Wilson to hold the floor with ease."
"As directed by the Federal Theater’s Woodie King Jr., Wilson’s one-man monologue of Robinson’s life shows a different kind of superstar...Wilson portrays Robinson as a man proud of his extraordinary achievements, yet all too aware of his place in society. This illustrated the frustrating thing about Robinson’s life, and the play that depicted it...'Sugar Ray' is a collaboration between some greats of African-American culture."
"Via his outstanding talent, actor Reginald L. Wilson, brought the one-man play alive with considerable verve, wit and humor. I certainly learned more about Sugar Ray's life than I knew formerly, and what an interesting life the charismatic ladies man and thrice-married boxer led. Through his performance, Wilson introduced the diners to the personalities of Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali, and the multiple individuals that Sugar Ray fought in his illustrious career."
"The play is primarily casual storytelling, recounting the boxer’s tempestuous teenage years, his womanizing, his three marriages, his major bouts, his retirement and his eventual comeback...Wilson’s 'stage' is the entire dining room. Amid the tables and aisles, he occasionally ad-libs in response to audience members, refills diners’ water glasses, and comments on the black and white fight films that are projected onto a screen...Mr. Wilson embodies Robinson admirably."