In Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning comedy, now in a crisp production by About Face Theatre in partnership with Steppenwolf, baseball is a metaphor for the best and worst of America. The play ostensibly focuses on a multiracial Derek Jeter-style superstar, Darren Lemming, who comes out to his team and the press. Though his teammates pretend to be supportive in public, in private they pull away from him, while the fans accuse him of defiling baseball. Then a new redneck pitcher (played with surprising empathy by Kyle Hatley) spews a bigoted response, which leads to tragedy. Greenberg’s show is less about the tragic consequences of coming out, however, than it is about finding one’s individual path while working successfully with others, an ethic exemplified by Darren’s flamingly gay but mousy accountant. An effervescent Tom Aulino steals the show in the tangential yet ebullient role of this recent convert to baseball. The ensemble makes a fireworks display out of Greenberg’s smart, fiery language, and his clubhouse shows us America the way it is and the way we wish it would be. Even at its darkest, Take Me Out is splashed with joy and imbued with hope. Tragedies may occur, but there’s always next year. Through 5/1: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. No show Sat 4/9. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, upstairs theater, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650 (TTY 312-335-3830). $35-$40.