Theater: The Boys of 67 Summers Ago Out!

by Lawrence Kelly

In life's endless informal competition for the most misguided venture, try this combination: a first-time playwright; a cast of relative unknowns; a depressing and largely forgotten incident of history; and a director born in France and trained in Britain making his U.S. debut with a show about that quintessentially American subject, baseball. The result would seem foreordained to be disaster. But Out!, the story of eight Chicago White Sox players who deliberately lost the 1919 World Series for a few thousand dollars a man, is instead an off-Broadway joy. Poignant, intelligent, funny and morally alert, it shows what the theater can...

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