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Ronnie Brixton - The Best of British Boxing

ensemble theatre · john f. smith inc. · Ages 10+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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BILL HAYES certified reviewer June 02, 2018
David Shaughnessy was stunningly good! He did an impossible job, holding the audience all by himself for 80 minutes, going from one character to another without a breath between. I was overwhelmed by his vocal ability and talent! A few cuts from the author or director would make the script better; also I could have enjoyed a little more light on the stage. The subject matter is transitioning from the gender you were born with to the gender your emotions tell you you are, and how difficult it is to take that life-changing step. I was very moved by the play, especially Shaughnessy's heroic performance. ... full review
ROSS BURAN certified reviewer June 21, 2018
A really impressively told story! A neat use of modern press-type tropes to build to the shows greater reveal. Ronnie deals with the evolution of himself and we grow with him as we begin to understand the questions he's been struggling with himself. ... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 18, 2018
To be clear: you do not need to know a thing about boxing to enjoy this show. Much like the best sports movies, the sport is only a frame against which interesting drama is set against. David totally disappears into the role of Ronnie and I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns the story took.... full review
KATHRYN SMITH certified reviewer June 17, 2018
One of the best solo shows I’ve seen at the fringe this year. David really embodies Ronnie Brixton as well as the other characters he played. He’s a 1st class actor worth seeing. ... full review
JIM VEJVODA certified reviewer June 17, 2018
While the love of boxing and the history of boxing is definitely a big part of this play, it’s ultimately about something far more personal and emotional. No spoilers here! A bravura central performance anchors this compelling tale. ... full review
VICTORIA ELIZABETH certified reviewer June 14, 2018
Ronnie Brixton is very unique, creative, and well produced one man show. Having very little experience or knowledge of the boxing world- it was is impressive how invested I found myself in the material. I recommend!... full review
STEVE CHANG certified reviewer June 14, 2018
This show is really well done. The actor who plays Ronnie Brixton is immensely talented. At first I felt like I was watching a professional public speaker, which is in line with the character. And as the story unfolds, you get to see the depth of his acting ability. Great writing as well. A polished production overall that is worth your time.... full review
DEBRIANNA MANSINI certified reviewer June 13, 2018
Wonderful work by David Shaughnessy. ... full review
ALON DINA certified reviewer June 03, 2018
It was interesting. Having walked into the show with no knowledge of it, I was surprised at the twists and turns, the layers of character, and important message. A charismatic, eccentric, and empathetic performance.... full review
LANESSA LONG certified reviewer June 10, 2018
tagged as: identity · empathy · storytelling
I think we all have something to learn from through this unique perspective told by a boxing commentator, brought up in a less accepting era than we live in now, yet struggling with some of the same issues surrounding identity we can face no matter how old we are or what circumstances we were brought up in. You can sense his shame turn into pride, and fear turn into hope by the end of this show, and this transition itself is an important story that beckons to be felt. ... full review

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