Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting


I quite enjoyed Lookingglass Theatre's Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, a lively piece of historical fiction in which Brooklyn Dodgers boss Branch Rickey seeks the approval of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Joe Louis and Paul Robeson before calling up Jackie Robinson to break the major leagues' color line.

To its credit, Mr. Rickey doesn't sermonize, exploring the tensions even among those with a shared vision of an integrated postwar America. The show is attracting a lot of positive attention and its Michigan Avenue engagement only runs through February 19, so grab your tickets now. It's a perfect evening's entertainment for hot stove season.

My Flavorpill preview is here.

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