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NY1 Theater Review: "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth"

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson recently made his Broadway debut in his solo show, entitled "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." NY1's Roma Torre filed the following review.

In his one man show entitled "Undisputed Truth," Mike Tyson said a better title might have been "Boxing, Bitches and Lawsuits." It could also be "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Mike Tyson But Were Afraid To Ask." Well, for those of you wondering what the heck he's doing up on a Broadway stage, you have to hand it to Spike Lee, who chose this for his B'way stage directing debut. The guy's a natural.

Alright, Mike's voice is weak. He's not all that clear and there's a little too much information but he sure knows how to hold a crowd. Unfortunately, for whatever the reason, critics were not invited to the performance and the producers refused to give us any visuals to show. So we only have these shots from opening night.

It's an unadorned production that doesn't really need much more than Mike's outsize persona. Behind him is a giant screen that flashes scenes and pictures from his life. The good, the bad and the ugly is all up there, from Mike's birth certificate listing another man's name in place of his real father through his delinquent years spent 30 times in lockup by age 12 to his introduction to boxing, his love of mentor Cus D'Amato, winning the heavyweight title at age 20, his disastrous marriage to Robin Givens, the famous Evander Holyfield ear bite, the drug addiction, the rape conviction and the tragic accidental death of his 4-year-old daughter.

But through it all, Tyson displays a knack for entertaining and an unexpected gift of gab. He's the real deal alright with a professional comic's sense of timing. He's also brutally honest. It's strangely refreshing to hear this high-school drop-out share the wisdom he's learned after so many years on life's ropes.

And yet another contradiction in Mike Tyson's roller coaster of a life. Who knew that even more powerful than his fists is his savage tongue and unbreakable spirit. I only wish Mike's producers had the champ's courage to invite us media types in. Some of us might bark but we wouldn't dare bite.

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