Review: ‘Bronx Bombers’ adoringly looks at Yanks

February 6, 2014 • Entertainment

This image released by Polk & Co. Peter Scolari, portraying baseball legend Yogi Berra, right, and the cast from the play, “Bronx Bombers,” which examines the rich history of the New York Yankees. (AP Photo/Polk & Co., Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — The first sign a major knuckleball is coming in the baseball play “Bronx Bombers” is when the smoke machines crank up.

Until then, Eric Simonson’s script is an unremarkable behind-the-scenes look at a moment in 1977 when the New York Yankees were in crisis. Their star player, Reggie Jackson, was brawling with the team’s manager, Billy Martin, and clubhouse morale was at a low point.

Then the central figure in this drama — Yogi Berra, trying to keep the team together as a coach — starts hearing ghosts in his bedroom and the swirling smoke kicks in. The Babe — Babe Ruth, naturally — then suddenly stands there in his pinstripes with a bat. Of course. Who doesn’t have this exact same dream?

The next scene, which opens Act 2, is perhaps one of the most improbable and downright silly moments to be Login to read more

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