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Education
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Education NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(72 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
8%
Negative
7%
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.

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Member Reviews (72)

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70
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 Read more

70
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

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 credible…Outside the theater, real-life teenagers are organizing behind a political movement that is coherent in its aims and persuasive in its message. I don’t think they’d recognize themselves here.”
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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 staging mostly has the actors gesturing and moving forward on each line, exciting performances do occasionally escape her clutches...We learn almost nothing from 'Education', and feel even less."
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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 playwright who is willing to take on all sides of an argument, sending it spinning in all directions and the hell with the consequences. And his strong words can seem like a revivifying blast of fresh air."
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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 that list all the things wrong with American society at this time which is simply scorching. All high school students should be so articulate.”
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March 14th, 2018

"The conversation grabs attention from the moment the lights come up...What doesn't work is Mick and Bekka as a believable devoted couple. There is simply no chemistry between Jones and West...The script is close to flawless with flowing dialogue and wonderfully developed characters...Teenage audience members are sure to relate to the pressures and responsibilities...Adults will recognize the many ways art has been used as an effective weapon in the last few decades."
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March 15th, 2018

"Pushes a lot of hot buttons but the play itself very rarely ignites…There's plenty of potential here for a spirited discussion drama… However, not only is there too much to digest, Dykstra's overly contrived dramaturgy deprives the issues of characters and situations believable enough to warrant us making more than a shallow investment in their problems…There's a feeling of schematic contrivance behind every scene and debate, with the characters more strawmen and women than human beings."
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March 16th, 2018

"'Education' is a clever, passionate, and engaging discussion on the helpless frustration of needing to make a stand; however, while it definitely wants to educate its audience, it slips into the trap of many who are convinced of what they have to say – being too proud of its own cleverness...'Education’s' language occasionally gets caught up in itself, as though the characters are speaking past each other...Yet as the show progresses past these small pitfalls...the show finds its rhythm."
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