by Marco Ramirez (Soulpepper). Play based on the true story of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and “the fight of the century.” Previews from Oct 12, opens Oct 18 and runs to Nov 11, see website for times. $36-$97.
Ramirezs script about world heavyweight champ Jack Johnson (Dion Johnstone) tells a fascinating chapter in history but pulls some punches in the drama department. The way director Guillermo Verdecchia stages the boxing matches is interesting to look at, but often makes the dialogue and information difficult to process. Johnson and Sabryn Rock (as a woman from the boxers past) deliver knockout performances.
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Location - Young Centre for the Performing Arts