NoHoArtsDistrict.Com Review "Expectations High"
This play is a wonder. Written by the teenagers who so brilliantly perform it, it represents the very best of what our faith in the new revolutionaries - our children - can offer.
Set in a high school, the play examines, comically at first, the pretty standard complement of individuals you would expect to find in most high schools. There’s a jock, a hysterical organizer, the odd one, the manic one, the new one, the genius one, those torn between college and independence, some tortured kids, some abused kids and a savior.
While we get to know them all, through their interactions with each other, as well as some wonderful fourth wall demolition, we discover they are not as easy to pigeon hole as we first thought, and their lives seem a whole lot more complicated than ours did at their age.
This world has become so much more hostile, so much less easy to navigate and I think we, as slightly older adults, forget that. It’s easy for us to solve their problems with our misplaced theories, but, as our current news cycle proves over and over again, they don’t need us to fix them, or their world. In fact, what they really need from us is to get out of the way.
This brilliant, moving, funny and powerful play is just one more example of how extraordinary the younger generation can be, given the chance, given our attention and given our respect.
I cannot encourage you enough to go and see this play. I was moved to tears several times. The performances are absolutely brilliant, each and every one. They are open and honest, and wonderfully, truthfully wrought. The story is full of nuance and poignance, and far surpassed my wildest expectations - which was probably the point. Sure it made me feel a little ancient, but few things do not these days. But let me tell you that this play, by these young people was as worthwhile a story as any I have seen in quite some time. In short, I absolutely loved “Expectations High” and I can promise that you will feel exactly the same way.
CAST: Dane Jamieson, Kyra Baklayan, Nico Fife, Damian Santana, Degas Vienna, Grace Wilcox, Kaelah Franklin, Greace Stedman, Olivia Shatsky, Benen Falkner, Demi Vienna, Ava Tomassini