Author: Raphael Badagliacca

Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

Michael A. Jones has written a stirring chronicle of the life of Josh Gibson, widely recognized as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, if not the greatest, whose talents were never displayed on the stage they deserved because of an accident of time — the color of his skin.  For this reason, the drama has reverberations that go well beyond baseball, yet it remains a baseball story through and through, with draw and delight for fans of theater, fans of history and baseball fans more used to taking a seat in a stadium than a theater.

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by Raphael Badagliacca A remarkable one-man show has returned to NYC for a limited run, but there is nothing limited about it – not its reach, not its timeliness, not the depth to which it touches us. Before the nameless character played by Richard Hoehler appears on stage, the audience is confronted by a set strewn with rubbish and three panels that resemble a sky with shreds of clouds. The first thing the actor comments on is the sky, and how taken he is by it. What proceeds is an 80-minute tour-de-force made up of singing, dancing, and words…...

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So it’s “Halftime with Don” — the newest play at NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch. Time to review the game plan, and consider the players. If there is a reflective moment in an undertaking as intensely physical as football, halftime is it.

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& Juliet

Casting makes the play. & Juliet – the newest world premiere from New Jersey Repertory Company – is a play about casting, but we’re never entirely sure who’s playing which part. Runs thru June 4th.

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“Love Letters” is a love letter to letters themselves. Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick render the handwritten voices of their iconic characters with subtlety, humor, and honesty at a 3-night benefit for NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch.

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