Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Play Review: The Gifted Program By Jacqui B

OK, so everyone actually needs to go see the fall play this week. It’s hilarious. You will be missing out if you don’t. I’m not kidding.
Here is the description from the OES website:

In 1986, at the very bottom of Washington High's social food chain are the last remaining members of the Dungeons & Dragons' club: four maladapted refugees from a defunct program for gifted and talented students, who have been thrown into the harsh arena of an inner-city public high school.
When the identity of a secret admirer is revealed, the school's rigid hierarchy is upended; for Washington High's four most unpopular students, the simple pursuit of an education becomes a fight for survival.

When I first heard the description of the storyline for The Gifted Program at the beginning of the school year, honestly I thought it could be a little cheesy. Nope. It’s like watching juicy drama unfold before your eyes in a two-hour timespan. And, honestly, you can’t say you don’t enjoy that...

The whole thing is just so much fun to watch, for several reasons. The 1980’s high school characters are great. As I was watching I got sucked into the story of every character, and so did the cast, it was really impressive. (It was also impressive because it was their first night off book!) It is legitimately funny, as well--there are some scenes where I was just dying. Also, I would say it’s not the usual suspects for the cast of an OES fall play.

I think the play is as fun as it is in part because the cast, crew, and directors are having a blast in the process. I got to their dress rehearsal a bit early while warm-ups and notes were happening, and everyone was laughing and seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves. I know from experience that it’s not an easy thing to be cheery at the beginning of a long night during tech week.

We have some seriously funny and talented people in the Upper School, and they deserve to be seen, so really, gooooo seeee itttt.

Opening night of The Gifted Program is Thursday Nov. 8th at 7:30. And you can also see it Friday the 9th at 7:30, and Saturday the 10th at 2:00 and 7:30.


  1. Thanks to Jacqui for hanging out with us during our dress rehearsal last night (awesome turnaround time on the review, btw)! I am really proud of all the fabulous people involved in this performance and look forward to a great run. See you at the show. Cameron Jack

  2. Thanks, Jacqui! Glad you had as much fun as we did. Here's a link where people can buy tickets: