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Take Me Out is the story of a major league baseball player’s coming out. Written by Richard Greenberg, it won a Tony Award for Best Play and it was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. When it debuted in 2002, there were no openly gay baseball players. There still aren’t.

Take Me Out – at the Rising Action Theatre through October 4th – centers on Darren Lemming, a center fielder and a “god among baseball players.” At the peak of his career, he blithely assumes his teammates will accept him. But they don’t – and they make that clear to him while showering and standing around naked in towels. The team’s locker room becomes a moist, homoerotic forum for heady discussions of sexuality, race, and class. We can only hope for some sort of climax in the steam room this Friday at 8 p.m. Rising Action Theatre is located at 840 E. Oakland Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $30. Visit risingactiontheatre.com.
Sept. 4-Oct. 4, 8 p.m., 2009

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