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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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
Don't see it if IF YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO THINK.THIS IS A STORY THAT YOU MUST USE YOUR GRAY MATTER.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
See it if you're interested in a high school freedom of speech play (about art, activism, religion) and don't mind preachiness and speechifying.
Don't see it if you're expecting a great play with strong believable characters. They just talk and talk and go on tangents and it's a bit tedious.
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