The History Boys: Tony Award-Winning Comedy from Cygnet Theatre
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On the fence immediately after the show, I've given this play three stars because it's now two days later, and still on my mind. For me, that's the mark of art.
While not for everyone, it is unfair to say, as another reviewer has, that the "writing and plot was [sic] absolutely terrible." As for the writing, the dialog is very rich in variety, juxtaposing homages to classic literature and cinema with references to popular culture, then peppering that blend with slang and colloquialisms (including the scene written entirely in French). It is energetic and at times irreverent, well matched by the action in complexity and timing. As for the plot, this play raises themes and situations across cultural barriers that, as the New York Times put it, are not of a kind to put American theatregoers at instant ease. Indeed, they are challenging, even confrontational, especially for the Southern California market; such opposition to local sensibility is very likely to result in delayed appreciation by some, while others may just never see the value at all. The only reason I didn't give this show four stars is because I did find it occasionally glib and contrived at the expense of authenticity; perhaps I should, though, since that criticism is one of the very issues addressed by this play. While it may ultimately be lost to history as one of Bennet's lesser works, "The History Boys" will very likely give you something to chew on in the meanwhile.
In sum, if your idea of good writing is "Oklahoma," "Into the Woods," and "My Fair Lady," (like the reviewer who panned this show as a "DOG"), then stick to the Tony winners for Best Musical, because those for Best Play are unlikely to be your cup of tea. If, however, you are interested in seeing what modern British playwrights are up to (and can handle their humor), then "The History Boys" is worth checking out. It'll very likely give you something to think about, especially if you think with any depth.
The History Boys
by Alan Bennett
Directed by Sean Murray
The 2006 Tony Award for Best Play went to this comedy/drama about a bunch of bright, funny boys in a British boarding school who are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and acceptance at a good university–generally in that order.
In their efforts, they are helped by a maverick history teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes unorthodox ways, and by a young teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. Alan Bennett raises, with gentle wit, universal questions about the nature of history, how it is taught and questions the purpose of education today.