solo performance · brown-reyna-mungo! · Ages 12+ · United States of America

one person show world premiere
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Review by SUE BLOUGH

June 18, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: Winsome · entertaining · real

What I liked

I liked the subtle shadings of character given in this performance through the actor’s physicality, his eyes communication and his line delivery. Indeed, it was entirely believable that the actor was Mungo – a drinker, a brawler, one of the notable baseball players of US history, who for this moment in time had returned to “soberly” reflect on the people who were there for him throughout his checkered career. I also enjoyed the script- what the writers chose to tell – their turns of phrase, the rising and falling action all held my interest. On top of that Reyna found the rhythm and meter of the lines, which encouraged the audience to interact and remain spellbound for 55 minutes.

What I didn't like

More people need to see this play – and I am excited for the novel that is yet to come!

My overall impression

I believed! I was right there with Mungo as he told his stories. Moreover, it didn’t matter that I am a novice when it comes to baseball. The stories of Mungo’s career were captivating, told in a way that made it easy to go back in time, to follow the action of the games, to see the personalities involved, and to laugh and sigh over their shenanigans. This is a great script, and a great performance. I highly recommend this show.

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