Mike Tyson’s one-man play called “Undisputed Truth,” a Spike Lee production written by Tyson’s current wife, Kiki, and something that promoters have tried to pass off as having a “highly successful bout on Broadway,” will come out swinging for a three-night run in L.A. as part of a 10-week, 36-city nation-wide tour next year.
It shouldn’t have a puncher’s chance at succeeding, but this being Hollywood, why not do it if only for the shock value.
The Pantages Theatre is offering this from March 8-10, 2013, sandwiched appropriately between a run of “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Catch Me If You Can.” The producers also are required to inform you that this runs 90 minutes, no intermission, and is recommended for mature audiences (no one under 5 will be admitted).
But we know what you’re really wondering: Back in the day, when you’d commit to putting up $50 for a Tyson pay-per-view bout, it would often end in less than two minutes. Is this the same?
If only …
The New York Times’ recent review pointed out that the “incongruous, almost childlike Tyson charm pokes through occasionally and makes you momentarily forget how ham-handed and manipulative the show it. .. But by the end of ‘Undisputed Truth’ you may at least be willing to grant that it would be swell if Mr. Tyson has finally found a nondestructive way to exist in the world.” The Hollywood Reporter reports that there “are more missed punches than knockout blows in this self-serving if weirdly fascinating one-man theatrical tell-all.”
This is not your drunk uncle’s Jake LaMotta stage show.
Tyson, the youngest ever heavyweight champ best known for (fill in the blank, and that can include “The Hangover” and “The Hangover 2”) starts his tour in Indianapolis on Feb. 12-13 and also takes a bite out of Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Washington D.C.
His quote from a press release: “After a successful run at the MGM in Las Vegas and on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre with Spike Lee, I’m excited to take ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth’ on tour and share it with my fans across the country,” said Tyson. “’Undisputed Truth’ is my stor — I’m giving my all.”
The promoters point out that a “limited number” of VIP packages (from $300 to $500) that include a post-performance meet and greet with Tyson are available. More information: BroadwayLA.org or 800-982-2787.
We’re thinking you might do yourself better by renting the 2009 James Tobak documentary “Tyson,” to avoid the awkwardness lingering in the air of a live performance. Plus, you can pause it to laugh at inappropriate moments.