REVIEW: 'Admissions' at The Rep

I challenge you to see “Admissions.” It will make you face up to some significant, polarizing truths.

Harry Hamm
November 01, 2018 - 11:07 am

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During these times of political correctness fever in our society, the new play “Admissions” is a scathing, very candid examination of mostly liberal social styles and mindsets.

Henny Russel plays a prep school admissions director who is driven to bring her minority enrollment up to 20% of the student population. It’s a worthy goal to her until her son, played brilliantly by Thom Niemann, finds himself emotionally overwhelmed by his own college application process and what seems to him to be reverse discrimination against him for not being a minority applicant.

He “solves” his distress by challenging his mom and dad with an offer that will put their PC beliefs to the ultimate test of authenticity ... or the lack of it.

Niemann gives one of the most dominant and gripping performances I’ve ever seen at the Studio Theater. This one act show prevails on the audience in a manner like few shows ever have, and puts everyone’s own beliefs on this topic to the acid test.

I challenge you to see “Admissions.” It will make you face up to some significant, polarizing truths. It’s eye-opening and belief expanding. It demonstrates a level of brutal honesty you won’t expect, but will be the better for experiencing.

5 Stars