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The Hub Theatre - The New School of Northern Virginia
John Swayze Theatre 9431 Silver King Court Fairfax, VA 22031
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from jazzpianodoc
31 events 10 reviews

Brilliantly written and performed. It is indeed a one-man musical monologue of how the character paid for college, and I won't tell you any more except that it is full of surprises. Alex Brightman makes the show -- is the show -- and is...continued

reviewed Dec 08 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Celeste Cafiero
43 events 34 reviews

Tough to review as the acting/singing/staging was terrific but I took my 20 something year old sons to the show. Thought it would be the perfect holiday outing and they just didn't find the show as funny or interesting as I had hoped. Thought it...continued

reviewed Dec 23 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Caliope Coridan
33 events 23 reviews

This was a lighthearted storytelling of the efforts of one young man to follow his dream, rather than the more practical future most encourage. We enjoyed the performance, it was energetic and entertaining. Kudos to this actor, I can't imagine...continued

reviewed Dec 14 2012 report as inappropriate
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Embezzlement…Forgery…Fraud…High School 

Broadway actor, Alex Brightman (Wicked, Glory Days) plays dozens of roles in this World Premiere tour-de-force monologue with songs, or a “monologsical,” based on Marc Acito’s award-winning novel, How I Paid for College. Directed by Helen Pafumi, the play tells the hilarious yet heartwarming tale of a talented but irresponsible teen actor who schemes to steal his tuition money when his wealthy father refuses to pay for acting school. 

Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller type, is Peter-Panning his way through life with his screwball theater friends. When his businessman father remarries and pulls the plug on Edward’s dreams, the aspiring thespian turns to a life of disorganized crime. 

Playwright Marc Acito returns to the Hub to adapt his popular novel fresh from winning the 2012 Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for his comedy Birds of a Feather, which had its World Premiere at The Hub last season. The Washington Post called Birds of a Feather “goofy, but serious…an allusive, wisecracking comedy.” Acito is also the co-book writer of the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, starring Tony winner Lea Salonga andStar Trek legend George Takei, as well as the book writer of a musical adaptation of E. M. Forster’s A Room with a View, both at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. 

Published in 2004, Acito’s novel How I Paid for College won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and was hailed as a New York Times “Editors’ Choice.” Translated into five languages the author can’t read, it paved the way for High School Musical and Glee, both of which are similar enough to be annoying to the author without being legally actionable. Inspired by his own misspent youth, Acito describes the story as “just true enough to be embarrassing to my family.” 

At its heart, How I Paid for College is about how far you are willing to go to make a dream come true. It’s a story for anyone who’s ever had a dream…and a scheme. 

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