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Admissions

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Members say: 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. More…

In' Admissions', Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at The Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband, the school's Headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results. 


Member Reviews (198)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

96
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.

72
A piping hot serving of in-your-face white liberal hypocrisy coming right up; but it has its moments

See it if neatly shows how liberal abandons affirm action principles where affects son's admission chances; hilarious teen tirades by Ben Edelman

Don't see it if broad liberal self flagellation, cartoonish characters; does not make you rethink premises about affirm action

Also Obvious pun: "Admissions" stands for gaining entrance to school and re... Read more Read less

92
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.

Also I am a big fan of the playwright Josh Harmon. (Bad Jews is one of my f... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like plays dealing with diversity and using an all-white cast!! Seems like a lot of the satire is aimed at LCT's audience.

Don't see it if plays about diversity make you uncomfortable.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a very intense drama about conflicts liberals face. Diversity is good but what if it affects your child's chance at Yale?

Don't see it if you like comedy without a serious subject.

Also Great acting. I enjoyed this play of Joshua Harmon more than his Bad J... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Drama/comedy about who gets admitted to college, who gets the job, etc. Lots to think about. Great acting especially the older aide.

Don't see it if Lengthy monologue by the son goes on & on & on. Boring to sit through that 15 minute monologue.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays about privilege, the upper middle class views re: affirmative action & college admissions. Ben Edelman is great as the son.

Don't see it if You are offended by anti-liberal thoughts spoken out loud. Believe that Ivy League schools have a level playing field.

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like plays with a satirical edge that examine the gap between ideals and behavior or if you want to see an impressive young actor.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about social issues.

Also Ben Edelman's 15-minute rant is breathtaking.

74
Absorbing, Relevant, Disappointing, Talk to the hand, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in school diversity, mixed messages, parental hypocricy. Jessica Hecht is excellent as mother and head of admissions.

Don't see it if Bizarre that a play about diversity has an all white cast playing to an all white audience. Interesting enough, but needs more depth.

82
Clever, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a timely play about affirmative action which cleverly exposes a lot of hypocrisy. Great acting—dramatic and funny.

Don't see it if the idea of an affirmative action play with an entirely white cast is too off-putting for you or you don't like long ranting monologues.

84
Great acting

See it if You like it when plays tackle subjects in an unconventional way

Don't see it if You are not interested in learning about how politics and race come into play with college admissions

Also If you really like acting this is the play for you. Make sure you see ... Read more Read less

89
Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like wordy plays that discuss important issues.Focuses upon racism, white privilege.Shows what happens when ideals have personal impact

Don't see it if you don't like "talky" shows.Staging is awkward.There's a lot of overacting. BUT it has an important message and is well worth seeing.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A theme relevant to our times. Asks a lot of hard questions about white privilege, causing its audience to question their own motives.

Don't see it if A little obvious and strident in parts.

92
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.

Also I would highly recommend this play to anyone following current events ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy seeing relevant drama about race/gender/sexuality issues. Great performances, Jessica Hecht shines

Don't see it if plays that require you to think and don't come to a clear conclusion are what you like

90
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want a solid thoughtful play with good acting. Twists and turns you don't see coming. Funny and serious.

Don't see it if You want fluff. This play deals with relevant issues of the day. A bit repetitious ... a minor flaw in an excellent play.

Also Play is revolves around a smart white kid who gets rejected from Yale ... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Intensely-questioning, Ironically non-diverse cast, Vital, Sometimes ideologically problematic

See it if an investigation into diversity, racism, and privilege--through the lens of a mainly-white, New England Prep. School--piques your interest.

Don't see it if unwilling to forgive moments of skewed logic that appear to further (rather than lessen) racism; dislike intense, intermission-less dramas.

Also How to discuss diversity meaningfully without slipping down the danger... Read more Read less

89
Brilliantly written, Star in the making, Absorbing, Intelligent, Timely

See it if You enjoy the relevance of a play like Disgrace, about current issues which gives voice to both sides of an issue. Ben Edelman is a STAR!!!

Don't see it if like me, you find Jessica Hecht boring as an actress, or if you can open yourself up to the other side of an issue.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Want an intelligent discussion about diversity, etc. - nothing is clear-cut.

Don't see it if you have no interest in "current" situations in the world

75
As new york as you can get

See it if a wonderful cast in a somewhat predictable play that is deeply routed in NYC ideas of liberalism and privilege is of interest.

Don't see it if you have no patience for another story about the struggles of a family with the problems only the entitled consider problems can have.

Also Ben Edelman as the teenage son trying to live the values his parents e... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You think you are a liberal with no prejudice. You will be surprised and enlightened.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel uncomfortable.

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Fresh voice, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You're a fan of Joshua Harmon's writing. There are lots of hilarious moments. The acting is really good across the board.

Don't see it if You're easily offended or you're looking for a play that takes a stance one way or another on the topic of race.

83
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy argument plays where the ideas come from fully-formed characters and not just the playwright's ego

Don't see it if you need a specific message/takeaway or to have questions answered rather than just asked

94
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

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like intelligent comedy, don’t mind political discussion, want to see great acting from a talented cast, and appreciate Joshua Harmon.

Don't see it if You are rigidly political—discussion on race, privilege, opportunity, and “changing the world”. In spite of that, just a very funny show.

Also Seriously, don’t see it if you can’t laugh and discuss politics at the... Read more Read less


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 intermit...
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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 ...
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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...
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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-receive...
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