Admissions NYC Reviews and Tickets

(198 Ratings)
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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

Centered around an elite private school, Lincoln Center's new play from Joshua Harmon explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America. Featuring Jessica Hecht.

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231 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to think about the admissions policy and what it means to be liberal. See it for a fabulous performance by Ben Edelman.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are set in your thinking and afraid to be swayed by a persuasive argument that goes both ways. Read more

1166 Reviews | 464 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if You like shows about topical controversial subjects. Extraordinary writing! Excellent acting! A real conversation starter!

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fluffy piece of theatre that you won’t have to think about.

264 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in how affirmative action affects individuals, families, and relationships; you like dramas with humorous moments

Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedy-dramas that deal with affirmative action issues; you don't have the patience for a lengthy tirade

96 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like plays that explore current social issues and challenge popular reactions to them.

Don't see it if you aren’t comfortable being uncomfortable.

166 Reviews | 8 Followers
Great acting, Great writing

See it if A smart, funny, intelligent play about real people.

Don't see it if You want more fantasy, and not real life issues.

509 Reviews | 336 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, writing and staging

See it if You want to see a very thought-provoking play and an exciting performance by Ben Edelman. Excellent production in every way.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about difficult issues and if you don't like plays that consist of people talking and arguing with each other. Read more

311 Reviews | 494 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want to see a play that is incredibly relevant that makes you question your own preexisting notions of race and privilege.

Don't see it if you're looking for an upbeat comedy–this play challenges you and makes you truly think. Read more

169 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like plays where everyone has a point of view and the brains to them back up.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays of timely relevance and only want escapism. Read more

Critic Reviews (36)

The New York Times
March 12th, 2018

"Despite some flaws common to its genre, 'Admissions' is an extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire — of the left, by the left, for the left — for today...Almost every piece of information supplied at the start pays off by the end...Still, I’m not sure that Daniel Aukin’s warm and intermittently rollicking production finds the right tone...No matter. One of the things the theater should be doing today, and rarely does, is lancing the boil of our own self-deception."
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Time Out New York
March 12th, 2018

"Narrowly focused but well-argued issue play...When I saw the play, Charlie’s long, frustrated rant about the unfairness of his situation was greeted with a smattering of ambiguous applause: Were people clapping for Edelman’s ardent performance, or the sharpness of the writing?...The nuanced and competing truths in Harmon’s 90-minute play are like a first act that dares its spectators to create a second out of postshow conversations."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 12th, 2018

"The icky irony is that it’s letting the overwhelmingly white audience at 'Admissions' feel like we’re grappling with something difficult, even as we’re being allowed to indulge in some pretty basically racist lines of thought...The skillfulness Hecht and her fellow castmates bring to their roles is part of what makes 'Admissions' hard to pick apart. They’re doing a great job with material that’s simultaneously well written and ideologically wack."
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New York Daily News
March 12th, 2018

"Too bad this would-be button-pusher about white privilege, white power and white anxiety is too tightly — conveniently, actually — constructed for its own good. The Lincoln Center production directed by Daniel Aukin strangles itself before your eyes...Through it all, Hecht is fully on her game. Her characterization makes Sherri smart, demanding, prickly, sympathetic, all too human — with the requisite shades of gray. 'Admissions,' meanwhile, is wearyingly monotonous."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 12th, 2018

"A smart, provocative drama with a rich vein of humor that pulls the rug out from under liberal white America, letting nobody off scot-free...Even if 'Admissions' is a little speechy and could use some trimming, it represents a satisfying expansion of the playwright's range after his well-received previous efforts...Director Daniel Aukin and his fine cast confidently steer 'Admissions' through this sticky, at times morally murky territory."
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March 12th, 2018

"Hecht gives a recognizably human performance of a woman forced to confront the contradictions between her lifestyle and ideals...Aukin helms an unexpectedly provocative production that masquerades as something far less threatening...'Admissions' daringly asks if our proudly touted accomplishments vis-à-vis 'diversity' are really just a cover for keeping that oppressive system largely intact...It's a question that lands like a gut-punch to the American psyche."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 26th, 2018

"Aukin is something of a Harmon specialist, and he orchestrates the debates with plenty of brio, aided by the well-chosen cast. Hecht is hair-raisingly on target...Edelman incarnates adolescent rage in its purest form...Garman delivers his lines from low and outside, expertly underplaying as Bill...Everyone involved has come together to support Harmon's provocative, unsettling argument that achieving the ideal of true diversity may be a lot harder than it initially looks."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 12th, 2018

"Insightful and often sharply funny...One of the real strengths of the play is that, while it certainly exaggerates things in order to support its theme, it withholds skewering its central characters with claw-and-fang accusations of hypocrisy...Harmon has shown a flair for staying just this side of unmitigated browbeating social satire...A well-paced, even-handed exploration of white privilege among imperfect liberal allies of social justice causes."
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