Mike Tyson has always been slightly unreal. As a fighter he wasn't just dominating, he was unstoppable. As a person he's both intimidating and strangely comical; he's witty, yet crude. The very idea that he would attempt a one-man Broadway show in Undisputed Truth is ridiculous … and exactly the kind of thing we would expect him to do. Directed by Spike Lee, the show is a painfully honest look at Tyson's life. He hits hard at his ex-wife Robin Givens and ex-manager Don King (Tyson notes King charged him $8,000 a week for towels), but he's no kinder to himself. (At one point, he notes he's ''looking like some fat old grandmother.'') It's not the deftest of oratory, and Tyson is no great communicator, but Lee's slideshow and direction help the former champ sew it all together. Even in its flaws, Undisputed Truth is executing a bold telling of one of the strangest stories in sports history.
Also, and this can't be stressed enough: This is a two-hour, one-man show by Mike-freakin'-Tyson, the youngest boxing champ ever and the man who bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear. Call it a freak show, a cash grab or just the next step in Mike Tyson's long career of doing impressions of Mike Tyson, whatever it is, it's the only one of its kind.
In true Tyson form, there are VIP tickets to the show that include a ''meet and greet opportunity'' and ''possible photo.''
Wed., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., 2013