Richard Greenberg Writing Styles in Take Me Out

Richard Greenberg
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Equivocation

Greenberg's title phrase, Take Me Out, is an example of equivocation because it can be read or interpreted in different ways.

The title's most obvious reference, to a reader just approaching this play, is that the words “take me out” are the first words sung in baseball's unofficial anthem. At almost every baseball stadium throughout the country, each game has a seventh-inning stretch, when fans are invited to rise to their feet, stretch their limbs, and sing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” This song, written in 1908, is estimated to be the third most frequently sung song in the United States, after “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Happy Birthday to You.” It is an inextricable part of baseball culture.

But this play is also about romantic relations. When he first announces his sexual orientation to the world, Darren Lemming does not have a particular romantic interest in mind, a...

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