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Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

59E59 presents this explosive new play about free speech, the dangers of polarization, and using art as a means for change. More…

A high school senior is suspended when he tries to burn an American flag for a school art fair project. Undeterred, he conspires with his classmate, a slam poet in trouble for an expletive-laden poem, to enter a controversial new piece, setting off a free speech firestorm in a small Ohio town. 'Education' is a provocative new play about two young people who fight for their right to express themselves in a society hostile to and fearful of change.

Member Reviews (72)


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

Play glorifying artistic freedom by students; to critics too “kumbaya”; ss community loves the play's passion; i’m more w/ community tho still see its flaws

See it if winning; many sharp/witty scenes in which school establishment, religious zealots get their comeuppance; appealing tale young rebels in love

Don't see it if overwrought; no real confrontation of ideas w/ free expression compared to blind xenophobia, religious intolerance

Also There were several ideas in this play that if developed might have tur... Read more Read less

Over-written, All-talk, little show, Overtly topical, Has a few good scenes

See it if Want a completely of-the-moment work that references ALL the hot-button issues. Play attempts to present arguments from both sides.

Don't see it if Don't like preachy, prefer some character development, dislike soapbox rants w plot drama happening off-stage. Explicit sex-talk/profanity.

Also Saw this at 59e59 on opening night.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Education and Art lead young students to Activism and speaking Truth, but at what cost, and must maturing always lead to selling out?

Don't see it if You do not acknowledge that Atheists and Agnostics can be more ethical and act with more compassion than professed Christians.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Multiple themes play out by young students investigating freedom , art and attachment . In depth look at today’s youth.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals or light dramas.

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

See it if you like excellent writing and acting, sophisticated analysis of current issues, complex intellectual conversation & interesting characters.

Don't see it if you dislike episodes of sometimes confusing intellectual "talky" debate about many current issues including religion and free speech.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you believe in a world where the freedom of ideas and speech are as important to you as breathing.

Don't see it if you want to continue to live in a world where censorship rules and burying your head in the sand is how you survive.

Also Brian Dykstra has written a brilliant play about free speech, passion,... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to educate yourself on the issues of education. It's timely, passionate and takes you into the political landscape of what counts.

Don't see it if You want a light fluff play. This one challenges and makes you think about our planet.

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

See it if A different interpretation of “art,” and the lengths one will go to protect his beliefs and loves. Jones and West are brilliant.

Don't see it if You do not like “preachy” productions, or if you are uncomfortable with abusive language.

Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like small production shows with great acting about freedom of speech , art,activism , idealism and their consequences

Don't see it if You are triggered by religion and have no patience for art that pushes boundaries

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well acted and directed play that is timely and gives you something to think about.

Don't see it if you dislike a play that is often confusing,

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

See it if you want a thought provoking evening with very good actors

Don't see it if you are not in to political theater or are looking for a light comedy

Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to watch superb actors handle an interesting, relevant new story.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in plays discussing topical subjects of censorship.

Avoid matriculation

See it if You have nothing better to do.

Don't see it if You seek to spend a productive and entertaining two hours. Excruciating junk. Even reliving play for review is horrific.

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

See it if For excellent acting, relevant issues, thought provoking albeit confusing at times.."talky" If you can disregard NYT ultra critical review

Don't see it if Bored w/ plays on education..Don't like quick paced talky play. Prefer musicals, Expect play to be neat, summed up clearly.

Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if The actors were people youcould readily understand.Their points of view might differ from your own but they made you question your own views


Also on many levels.It was one of the best plays that i have seen all year ... Read more Read less

Another entry in the season of school plays

See it if another play about schools—this one about freedom of artistic expression—interests you.

Don't see it if you’ve had your fill of plays taking place in schools.

Also There is an echo of Romeo and Juliet in the articulate, poetic hip-hop... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like provocative smart plays on current issues.great monologues by good actors.

Don't see it if you do like controversial and uncensured issues.

Banal, Disappointing

See it if Left at intermission. If that doesn’t entitle me to write a review, so be it, but consider yourself warned. It’s a mess.

Don't see it if Don’t. Just don’t.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Uneven, Activist theater, Youth empowerment trope

See it if you'd like to support the message (artistic freedom of expression is a right), even tho several theatrical elements falter along the way.

Don't see it if you dislike youth-centric or activist theater (esp w/ monologues), or are easily offended by unflattering portrayals of Christian parenting.

Also Much to like & appreciate in this well-meaning show (& I agree w/ the ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to see topical Theatre with many subject matters hit upon. It’s very relevant to today.

Don't see it if Like more easily absorbed less thinking type theatre.

Relevant, Resonant, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if You have have been given hope by the latest student marches and upset by the hypocrisy of many adults

Don't see it if You are easily offended by liberals and atheists...or if you do not like very "talky "plays

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want an intense political discussion about art.

Don't see it if You don't want a talky, quite heavy handed play.

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

See it if Like relevant social commentary from a youth perspective, extremely believable acting

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with swearing and religious commentary that is not always positive.

Also I was on the fence about seeing this show, even for the free Show-Scor... Read more Read less

Problematic, Redundant, Interesting

See it if you want a very general liberal opinion about the world with very little complexity, you want to see a few good performances

Don't see it if you are looking for more depth in theatre

Also Matthew Boston is probably the only reason to see this show...and mayb... Read more Read less

Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if The topics are relevant and the cast are talented and you tried to like it more but...

Don't see it if With long speeches it’s just get too preachy.

March 15th, 2018
“Hard to locate any actual conflicts…Mostly these characters talk over and around each other, quibbling over semantics instead of articulating ideas. A lot of the dialogue is forgettable...The words themselves wouldn’t matter so much if the play and the arguments that undergird it were more credi...
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March 14th, 2018
"The best stage rants are targeted and precise...By aiming at every target, Mick's rant hits none of them - and this gives us a pretty good indication of the direction of the rest of the play....Perry's production does little to enhance a predictable script...Although Perry's unimaginative stagin...
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March 20th, 2018
"Showcases Dykstra's talent for composing rants. Time and again, the characters in his provocative, if overloaded, drama spout off, furiously and eloquently...One's initial delight fades as the characters are overtaken by speechmaking...'Education' isn't really a success, but it's the work of a p...
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March 26th, 2018
“‘Education,’ Brian Dykstra's new play, is an incendiary investigation into censorship, free speech and responsibility in electric theater. It purports to be about Art as a Weapon but its themes go much further than that. The protagonist Mick, a biracial 17-year-old high school senior, has a rant...
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