Metropolitan Playhouse presents the story of a bright young man with quick fists is given the shot to be a champion boxer... if he is willing to accept the racist rules that govern America of the 1930's. More…
The play opens by introducing us to Andy Whitman, a shoeshine boy with a mean left hook. The handsome teenager is taken up by big Mack, a real loser of a boxing promoter. Initially, neither the young man, his ambitious father, his grandmother or his girlfriend Ruth are all that certain about a career in which the boy might get his head knocked off. To make things worse, Andy is a proud man who will not accept the standards of his day. Demean his race or ban him from a hotel and the odds are that he will lay you out. Along comes a greasy, racist promoter, Lou Foster, who will stand for no nonsense from any fighter, let alone a black one.
See it if you like intimate period plays about issues that continue to resonate in our contemporary life: racism, classism, the power of money.
Don't see it if you prefer spectacle over substance.