Tim Hulsey’s Event Journal

Baseball 122113
Friday January 24, 2014 / 8:00pm
Bang the Drum Slowly
1 ticket
General Admission

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Excellent performances and solid production design are strong selling points of this show, but the play itself -- Eric Simonson's adaptation of Mark Harris's 1956 baseball novel about a catcher with Hodgkin's disease -- is uninspired stuff. Certain details of the plot will probably be lost on viewers unfamiliar with 1950s professional baseball. Nonetheless, a few moments leave a lump in the throat, and Evan Crump's performance as pitcher (and narrator) Henry Wiggen is superb.