- Click above to buy a ticket to Take Me Out at 4 p.m. on 3/14/10. Buy Here for a ticket to the 3/25/10 performance at 8 p.m.
Today's side deal offers a rare non-WWF overlap for theater buffs and sports fans. For $10, you score a ticket to see Plays & Players' production of Take Me Out, 2003's Tony Award winner for Best Play. Plays & Players has been famous for performing American plays of ideas since it began as a social club in 1911. You may choose from either the Sunday, March 14, or Thursday, March 25, performances. Both nights will be performed on the main stage of the Plays & Players Theater in Center City.
Written by Richard Greenberg, Take Me Out centers on Darren Lemmings, an arrogant superstar on the New York Empires whose coming out of the closet irrevocably alters the national pastime. Amid the anger of deeply racist and homophobic teammate Shane Mungitt, the admiration of gay financial manager Mason Marzac, and the reactions of other players in the locker room, the only person who seems unaffected by the revelation is Darren himself. Watch the drama swirl around the ego-ridden protagonist both on and off the field, but always on the stage, at the Plays & Players performance of your choice.
Contains nudity and adult language.
- Richard Greenberg delivers pure poetry in his discourse on the magic of baseball, its sway over lifelong fans and its magnetic pull for newcomers, who find themselves immediately attracted not only to the beauty of a home run but to the game's arcana as well. – Phil Gallo, Variety
- But wait: Take Me Out isn't your ho-hum gay-identity drama, nor is it a standard-issue sports comedy. For starters, Darren is not your typical sports hero: He's mixed-race, super-wealthy, beloved by fans, homosexual by nature and totally, unapologetically arrogant. He's the kind of self-deifying asshole who says "I'm a mystery," and "Nobody really knows me," and gets away with it. Everyone around him is flawed and damaged, and most of them are hiding something insidious...The teeth are in the writing and acting. And the bite leaves lasting impressions. – Robert Isenberg, Pittsburgh City Paper
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