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The view from Babel: a review of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out

The view from Babel: a review of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out RICHARD BROCKMAN Take Me Out is a new work by Richard Greenberg, which played in London where it was produced by the Donmar Warehouse and then off Broadway in New York at the Public Theater before moving to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater. So, while Take Me Out is a new play, it is a play that has been around the bases a few times. It is a remarkable play about baseball, at least on the surface. It is also a play about “a mess” that gets unraveled in the course of two acts (the play was in three acts when it played at the Public Theater. Some very good re-editing and directorial changes were made before it reached Broadway. “The mess” is presented to us by the team’s star short-stop, Kippy Sunderstrom. He is a little like the stage manager in Our Town – a character who talks across the fourth wall. The mess, as Kippy explains it, begins with Darren Lemming, the “New York Empires” star center-fielder, who is half-white, half-black, a leader on the field, an inspiration off the field, the holder of a contract worth over $100 million, and, by 10 minutes into http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Wiley

The view from Babel: a review of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2004 Whurr Publishers Ltd.
ISSN
1742-3341
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1556-9187
DOI
10.1002/aps.89
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Abstract

RICHARD BROCKMAN Take Me Out is a new work by Richard Greenberg, which played in London where it was produced by the Donmar Warehouse and then off Broadway in New York at the Public Theater before moving to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater. So, while Take Me Out is a new play, it is a play that has been around the bases a few times. It is a remarkable play about baseball, at least on the surface. It is also a play about “a mess” that gets unraveled in the course of two acts (the play was in three acts when it played at the Public Theater. Some very good re-editing and directorial changes were made before it reached Broadway. “The mess” is presented to us by the team’s star short-stop, Kippy Sunderstrom. He is a little like the stage manager in Our Town – a character who talks across the fourth wall. The mess, as Kippy explains it, begins with Darren Lemming, the “New York Empires” star center-fielder, who is half-white, half-black, a leader on the field, an inspiration off the field, the holder of a contract worth over $100 million, and, by 10 minutes into

Journal

International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic StudiesWiley

Published: Nov 1, 2004

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