With a script that would make Aaron Sorkin weep with pride, Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, Take Me Out, enters its final week at the GTC Burbank Theater, and this latest production delivers several noteworthy performances L.A. audiences will want to experience.
Directed by Katherine DePangher and Jay Triggs, the compelling and timely drama explores the camaraderie within a pro baseball team and the emotional repercussions of a single life-changing decision.
Michael Hudson steps into the role of Darren Lemming, the bi-racial (and freshly out-of-the-closet) center fielder for the New York Empires. Darren's abilities and confident presence fill both fans and teammates alike with awe, and Hudson's performance does the same with the audience. However, once Darren makes the matter-of-fact announcement that he's gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, ultimately resulting in tragedy.
Figuring into that turmoil is Shane Mungitt, a rednecky teammate with a painful history, played with simmering rage and vulnerability by Josh Martin. Standing by Darren's side is family man Kippy, his closest friend on team, played by Matt Emert, who also executive produces and does an admirable job narrating the events, exposing the emotional complexities behind each character, and ultimately (most importantly) keeping the audience connected.
Richard Greenberg's play nabbed a Tony Award for Best Play back in 2003, a testament to the meaty material and its three-dimensional characters. Studying the varying dynamic between male sports players, Take Me Out offers some insight on America's favorite pastime and issues of masculinity, identity and friendship in the 21st century.
Hollywood producers, take note: This is the stuff award-worthy movies are made of.
Tickets for all performances are $15 at the door, but you can get yours online HERE or by calling 1-800-838-3006. *Note: The play contains nudity, adult language, and adult themes.