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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1/7: Nobody Don’t Like Yogi at Actors Summit

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM

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Neil Thackaberry says he’s not a huge baseball fan, but he’d still love to play the role of Yogi Berra in Thomas Lysaght’s one-act play Nobody Don’t Like Yogi. But since he’s too tall for the part, Thackaberry will have to be content directing Actors Summit’s production of the one-man show, which stars George Roth as the legendary baseball player, manager, Hall of Famer, philosopher and malapropist. Berra (still alive at 84) speaks in contradictions and redundancies that somehow make these lines brilliantly accurate: “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” “You can observe a lot just by watching.” Thackaberry says the play takes place as Berra prepares to make a speech at Yankee Stadium. “He’s nervous because he’s going to talk in the same place that Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth made speeches,” he says. “It’s old-timers’ day, and they’re going to honor him with a plaque. But he hasn’t been to Yankee Stadium for 14 years because of a feud with George Steinbrenner. So he’s in the locker room reminiscing about the first day he arrived, talking about Joe DiMaggio, his career, all the great players.” Nobody Don’t Like Yogi opens at 8 tonight at Actors Summit Theatre (86 Owen Brown St., Hudson, 330.342.0800) and runs through January 24. Tickets: $23-$29. — Michael Gill

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