But enough of the congratulatory metaphors, relating to baseball and otherwise -- especially since, as Greenberg unfurls his tragicomedy, he has so much fun mocking both those who insist on seeing the sport as a metaphor for various things and those, often the players themselves, who resist seeing it as anything other than a well-paying job. Actually, when listened to carefully, Take Me Out has plenty to say about how the game's free-agent policy has altered the meaning of teamwork. Whereas "team" once implied a group of people blending, with some humility, their individual strengths in search of a common goal, Greenberg understands that, nowadays, "team" -- whether baseball, corporate, or government -- too often means a group of rich guys stifling their differences and prejudices to make themselves even richer. To register his battery of points, the playwright sends out the biracial superhero Darren Lemming Daniel Sunjata , who bears a certain resemblance to the Yankees' Derek Jeter and whose last name is deliberately chosen to suggest self-destructive urges. As the play gets underway, Lemming -- with his story told mostly in flashy flashback by intellectual teammate Kippy Sunderstrom Neal Huff -- informs the media that he's gay and triggers a series of irreversibly damaging repercussions. The immediate effect in the locker room of the Empires that's what the team is called is one of nervous acceptance, especially as played out in the first of the work's two nicely integrated, full-frontal-nude shower scenes.
SHIVER HIS TIMBER ; BROADWAY’S NEWEST MEMBER HAS A BALL IN ‘TAKE ME OUT’
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Dominic Fumusa Tape and [sic] won't make the leap to the Kerr; the role is being recast. Fumusa played Toddy Koovitz, one of the macho ballplayers on a Yankees-like team surprised when the star player comes out of the closet in an incident-packed season. Fall tickets to the world premiere co-production by the Public and the Donmar were hard to get once news spread about the show's content, which intrigued multiple demographics: A star ballplayer comes out of the closet at a press conference in a season packed with racial tension, violence and celebrity ego. Did we mention the killing in Act Two?
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I hear there is a lot of full frontal male nudity. Nothing precious, plain to see, don't make a fuss over me. Not loud, not soft, but somewhere inbetween. Say sorry, just let it be the word you mean.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Nearly Naked Theatre's current production of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out , which the company also presented eight years ago, suffers in comparison to that earlier version. Watching it, I strained to forget the dynamic performances of the company's season-opener particularly that of Ron May, who raised his own game by turning Greenberg's court jester into a real person , and failed. I was not helped by the fact that, on opening night, the actors in this new production had not yet settled into their characters, and their self-conscious performances in Act One made for a stiff and sometimes unconvincing story.