Ronnie Brixton - The Best of British Boxing

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Written by Byron Tidwell and the late (dearly missed) Lincoln Hudson and starring David Shaughnessy (of Labyrinth fame), “Ronnie Brixton – The Best of British Boxing” provides an intimate exposé of the macho world of British Boxing with insider stories of the great heavyweight matches and life as the son of revered trainer “King George” Brixton as told by top BBC Boxing commentator Ronnie Brixton. Recently plagued by tabloid rumors surrounding his romantic life, Ronnie takes the stage to address his fans, take questions and reveal a secret – one he's held his whole life, forming not only the basis of the rumors, but his very identity. A contrasting and provocative look at the intersection of gender, sports, and identity, “Ronnie Brixton” is at once hilarious, touching, and deeply moving.

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Jim Vejvoda
"WHAT I LIKED The lead actor gives a highly nuanced performance that can't be fully talked about here so as to not give away anything about the story. Suffice to say, he carries the whole piece along even when the story itself has a few moments that dragged a bit. Ultimately, though, the build-up to the story's big moment pays off; it just could've paid off just as well with a few minutes shaved off in the middle. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE It could have been tightened up a bit. While there was a line or two that addressed why it dwelt on it, the play does spend a bit too long on American boxing. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION While the love of boxing and the history of boxing is definitely a big part of this play, it's ultimately about something far more personal and emotional. No spoilers here! A bravura central performance anchors this compelling tale."

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


Steve Chang
"This show is really well done. The actor who plays Ronnie Brixton is immensely talented. At first I felt like I was watching a professional public speaker, which is in line with the character. And as the story unfolds, you get to see the depth of his acting ability. Great writing as well. A polished production overall that is worth your time."

sweet - Steve Chang


"I realize there are many events taking place for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, but I urge you to run, not walk, to one (or more) of the remaining three performances of "Ronnie Brixton -- The Best of British Boxing," a new play by Byron Tidwell and the late Lincoln Hudson. David Shaughnessy stars in this one-man tour de force, and he delivers an amazingly nuanced performance that tickles the funnybone and tugs at the heartstrings. Ronnie, now middle-aged, has been a fight announcer and commentator for the BBC and well-known in his own right, but he carries around the baggage of being the son of a famous fight promoter nicknamed "King George." His story is interspersed with historical stills and fight clips, which add so much authenticity you feel as if the person onstage actually existed in real life. Non-boxing fans need not fret about not enjoying the show or not getting very much out of it. The boxing is mere background for Ronnie's story -- and Shaughnessy energetic performance will have you hooked within a minute or two, whether you're a boxing novice, a non-fan or know every fighter since John L. Sullivan (or even before). I'm sure the Fringe Festival is offering many interesting shows vying for your attention -- this is just an alert to aim some of that attention in the direction of "Ronnie Brixton -- The Best of British Boxing.""

sweet - Kelly Walton


Lanessa Long
"With an energetic and poignant performance by David Shaughnessy, the story of Ronnie Brixton stood out to me as a story about empathy and identity. The setting is simple and the performance is engaging and packed with character and dimension. Perhaps some parts were often drawn out longer than seemed necessary and were sometimes hard to follow with his rapid thought process shifts, but the point still stood - I think we all have something to learn from through this unique perspective told by a boxing commentator, brought up in a less accepting era than we live in now, yet struggling with some of the same issues surrounding identity we can face no matter how old we are. You can sense his shame turn into pride, and fear turn into hope by the end of this show, and this transition itself is an important story that beckons to be felt."

sweet - Lanessa Long


"Saw this when it was in Vegas. Had no idea what to expect when I arrived. More complex than the obvious subject matter. Highly recommed! Will see it again!"

sweet - Chet


"Where to start with this production... you'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll get another ticket to come back the next night! That's exactly what I did. Politically and socially engaged subject matter was beautifully, sensitively handled by the genius writers, and the wonderfully emotive David Shaughnessy. A treasured, intimate yet eye-opening experience. An unforgettable performance. A must-see, whether you're LGBTQ+ or not - we are all affected by the rigid (often toxic) gender roles that society places upon us."

sweet - Charlotte Frost


"The show is heartwarming and the story twist will move you to joy and tears. Be prepared to laugh yet question reality and historical references. Just know the decisions we make in our lives may not always lead to permanent solutions."

sweet - Kim Russell


"Ronnie Brixton is a MUST SEE!! I was thoroughly entertained by David Shaunessy and his excellent performance. This play was brilliantly written. It allows the audience to have an intimate look into the very conflicted personal life is a sports celebrity who is trying to come to terms with the machismo of the Boxing world and his ability to control his"

sweet - Minta Watts


"I saw the show twice in Las Vegas. Much more than a show about boxing. It's timely and touching. A great script and an amazing performance."

sweet - BRUCE BLOCK


"There's never been a show where one actor can invoke feelings of such deep emotional connection with the audience. This one man show reveals so much about how gender issues can be a struggle in the world of sports and in each of us . I highly recommend this show because it's entertaining and thought provoking. The entire performance was sheer perfection!"

sweet - Dr Chris C


"Son of famed British boxing trainer King Georges Brixton, Ronnie Brixton commentator played brilliantly by David Shannon see give his as a sex really conflicted portrayal of a man . Surprise ending excellent"

sweet - Barbara. Brighton


"Steeped in British boxing lore, Ronnie is a surprisingly charming production. David Shaughnessy as the charismatic title character had all the hallmarks of the classic British sports commentator, but ensured the audience understood there was a tortured side to his personality. Well worth a trip to the theater."

sweet - Daniel Green


"Excellent portrayal by David Shaunessy of a sexually conflicted son of a famed British Boxer. Surprise ending!"

sweet - Barbara. Brighton


"I thoroughly enjoyed Ronnie Brixton. David Shaughnessy is the actor and does a wonderful job portraying a confused, successful, middle aged man. He made me cry and laugh. I did find, however that the show was a tad bit too long. But it really does make you think."

sweet - Avid Show goer


"I went twice to watch this one-man play. The actor is very good and the script cleverly brought all the points (boxing, family) together at the end. I highly recommend it."

sweet - Elizabeth Herrera


"I saw this one man show production in Las Vegas and thought it was outstanding. Really kept my attention. Script had some surprises. Had a friend with me and we both felt it was very worth seeing!!"

sweet - Darcy Dougherty


Jim Vejvoda
"WHAT I LIKED The lead actor gives a highly nuanced performance that can't be fully talked about here so as to not give away anything about the story. Suffice to say, he carries the whole piece along even when the story itself has a few moments that dragged a bit. Ultimately, though, the build-up to the story's big moment pays off; it just could've paid off just as well with a few minutes shaved off in the middle. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE It could have been tightened up a bit. While there was a line or two that addressed why it dwelt on it, the play does spend a bit too long on American boxing. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION While the love of boxing and the history of boxing is definitely a big part of this play, it's ultimately about something far more personal and emotional. No spoilers here! A bravura central performance anchors this compelling tale."

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


Steve Chang
"This show is really well done. The actor who plays Ronnie Brixton is immensely talented. At first I felt like I was watching a professional public speaker, which is in line with the character. And as the story unfolds, you get to see the depth of his acting ability. Great writing as well. A polished production overall that is worth your time."

sweet - Steve Chang


"I realize there are many events taking place for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, but I urge you to run, not walk, to one (or more) of the remaining three performances of "Ronnie Brixton -- The Best of British Boxing," a new play by Byron Tidwell and the late Lincoln Hudson. David Shaughnessy stars in this one-man tour de force, and he delivers an amazingly nuanced performance that tickles the funnybone and tugs at the heartstrings. Ronnie, now middle-aged, has been a fight announcer and commentator for the BBC and well-known in his own right, but he carries around the baggage of being the son of a famous fight promoter nicknamed "King George." His story is interspersed with historical stills and fight clips, which add so much authenticity you feel as if the person onstage actually existed in real life. Non-boxing fans need not fret about not enjoying the show or not getting very much out of it. The boxing is mere background for Ronnie's story -- and Shaughnessy energetic performance will have you hooked within a minute or two, whether you're a boxing novice, a non-fan or know every fighter since John L. Sullivan (or even before). I'm sure the Fringe Festival is offering many interesting shows vying for your attention -- this is just an alert to aim some of that attention in the direction of "Ronnie Brixton -- The Best of British Boxing.""

sweet - Kelly Walton


Lanessa Long
"With an energetic and poignant performance by David Shaughnessy, the story of Ronnie Brixton stood out to me as a story about empathy and identity. The setting is simple and the performance is engaging and packed with character and dimension. Perhaps some parts were often drawn out longer than seemed necessary and were sometimes hard to follow with his rapid thought process shifts, but the point still stood - I think we all have something to learn from through this unique perspective told by a boxing commentator, brought up in a less accepting era than we live in now, yet struggling with some of the same issues surrounding identity we can face no matter how old we are. You can sense his shame turn into pride, and fear turn into hope by the end of this show, and this transition itself is an important story that beckons to be felt."

sweet - Lanessa Long


"Saw this when it was in Vegas. Had no idea what to expect when I arrived. More complex than the obvious subject matter. Highly recommed! Will see it again!"

sweet - Chet


"Where to start with this production... you'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll get another ticket to come back the next night! That's exactly what I did. Politically and socially engaged subject matter was beautifully, sensitively handled by the genius writers, and the wonderfully emotive David Shaughnessy. A treasured, intimate yet eye-opening experience. An unforgettable performance. A must-see, whether you're LGBTQ+ or not - we are all affected by the rigid (often toxic) gender roles that society places upon us."

sweet - Charlotte Frost


"The show is heartwarming and the story twist will move you to joy and tears. Be prepared to laugh yet question reality and historical references. Just know the decisions we make in our lives may not always lead to permanent solutions."

sweet - Kim Russell


"Ronnie Brixton is a MUST SEE!! I was thoroughly entertained by David Shaunessy and his excellent performance. This play was brilliantly written. It allows the audience to have an intimate look into the very conflicted personal life is a sports celebrity who is trying to come to terms with the machismo of the Boxing world and his ability to control his"

sweet - Minta Watts


"I saw the show twice in Las Vegas. Much more than a show about boxing. It's timely and touching. A great script and an amazing performance."

sweet - BRUCE BLOCK


"There's never been a show where one actor can invoke feelings of such deep emotional connection with the audience. This one man show reveals so much about how gender issues can be a struggle in the world of sports and in each of us . I highly recommend this show because it's entertaining and thought provoking. The entire performance was sheer perfection!"

sweet - Dr Chris C


"Son of famed British boxing trainer King Georges Brixton, Ronnie Brixton commentator played brilliantly by David Shannon see give his as a sex really conflicted portrayal of a man . Surprise ending excellent"

sweet - Barbara. Brighton


"Steeped in British boxing lore, Ronnie is a surprisingly charming production. David Shaughnessy as the charismatic title character had all the hallmarks of the classic British sports commentator, but ensured the audience understood there was a tortured side to his personality. Well worth a trip to the theater."

sweet - Daniel Green


"Excellent portrayal by David Shaunessy of a sexually conflicted son of a famed British Boxer. Surprise ending!"

sweet - Barbara. Brighton


"I thoroughly enjoyed Ronnie Brixton. David Shaughnessy is the actor and does a wonderful job portraying a confused, successful, middle aged man. He made me cry and laugh. I did find, however that the show was a tad bit too long. But it really does make you think."

sweet - Avid Show goer


"I went twice to watch this one-man play. The actor is very good and the script cleverly brought all the points (boxing, family) together at the end. I highly recommend it."

sweet - Elizabeth Herrera


"I saw this one man show production in Las Vegas and thought it was outstanding. Really kept my attention. Script had some surprises. Had a friend with me and we both felt it was very worth seeing!!"

sweet - Darcy Dougherty