A play for today and a call to reform Universities UK.
This week, Playbook has been to the theatre to see Admissions at the Trafalgar Studios in London. Starring Alex Kingston (Moll Flanders, ER, Doctor Who) and directed by Daniel Aukin, the play deals with the fallout of a failed undergraduate application to an elite Ivy League university. It is a drama for our times.
This play, written by Joshua Harmon (the author of Bad Jews) is not to be confused with the 2013 film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, another tale of the university application process. That movie was marketed as a romantic comedy but it had much more edge than that as Fey’s character—an admissions officer at Princeton University charged with finding talented but disadvantaged applicants—wrestled with the possibility that the non-traditional entrant she championed was the son she once gave up for adoption.