SBD/October 10, 2013/Media
Reviews Claim Simonson's "Bronx Bombers" Play Heavy On Sentiment, Lacks Substance
Published October 10, 2013
PULLED FROM THE LINE-UP: NBCNEWYORK.com's Robert Kahn wrote the play is a "maudlin sports drama." It begins as a "promising examination of power and personality clashes," but becomes a "too-sentimental, surreal fantasy -- all fields of dreams" (NBCNEWYORK.com, 10/9). BROADWAYWORLD.com's Michael Dale wrote the "main theme of the members of an institution trying to uphold its untarnished reputation despite cracks in the veneer is easily recognized." Still, "Bronx Bombers" keeps "rehashing the same point in different variations; heavy on sentiment, but thin on content" (BROADWAYWORLD.com, 10/9). In N.Y., Daniel Gold, a self-professed Mets fan, writes he "never thought I could pity the Yankees," but "thanks to 'Bronx Bombers,' I do." The play "milks the early deaths of Lou Gehrig and Thurman Munson for sympathy." The Yankees "deserve better than this mawkish and sappy effort." The play is "no more than a schmaltzy sketch of athletes sitting around congratulating themselves." Gold: "You wonder if the Yankees organization, which worked with the production, is pleased" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/10).