Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma!
29 Apr. 2021
(A) Do we produce a problematic yet popular American musical featuring a diverse cast, which may serve to undermine the worser aspects of the work and provide visibility and advantage to BIPOC these performers or (B) create a new, so-called divised play reflecting Gen Z anxiety and concerns which may not actually be good and no one’s going to want to see but at least it’s not fucking Oklahoma? This play is so funny, even Thomson’s stage directions are hilarious. Highly recommended! ”
1 Apr. 2021
A deliciously hilarious play. I laughed out loud more times than I can remember giving this a read. The dialogue pops along, the characters are flawed and relatable, and the main problem the play tackles feels both essentially junior high AND one that all of American Theatre is grappling with right now. ”
20 Mar. 2021
Paul Michael Thomson has written an outrageously funny play that also manages to address a wide variety of serious issues in society, in theatre, and of course, in junior high school. The climax, and the way it was resolved, truly got me. This play never loses the trying-too-hard vibe of every junior high theatre kid, capturing them with humor and understanding, but also acknowledges the real hurt they cause each other in the process. Such a brilliantly written and constructed piece! ”