SEX AND EDUCATION presented Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati through Oct. 27. I attended the opening night performance.
A smartly-cast production of SEX AND EDUCATION scores on the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati stage for a limited run through Oct. 27.
Local favorite Dale Hodges is Miss Edwards, a teacher administering her last final exam of a 25-year teaching career. Recent University of Cincinnati CCM Acting graduate R Graham Rogers is the academically-underachieving, high school basketball star already dreaming of his college career. When he is caught passing a sexually explicit note to his girlfriend (local actress Esther Cunningham) it sets off an after-class confrontation between teacher and student.
The script is laugh out loud funny with several of the best lines delivered as snarky asides to the audience by the cast, including now-you-see-her-now-you-don’t appearances by “Every Cheerleader” (also Cunningham). Multiple topics such as bureaucratic obstacles to teaching, athletics over academics, and high school stereotypes are touched upon. Several lines elicited vocal responses from suspected teachers in the audience. Ironically, my high school Data Processing (yes, you read that right) teacher was in attendance in the first row.
By opening night the production had not quite gelled, but I expect a few more performances under the belt to take care of any issues I had. Congratulations on an enjoyable night of theater.
My rating: 4.25 out of 5.
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