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  • Cait Kelly:
    8 Jun. 2020
    This piece is very special. Not only is the story incredibly engaging, but the diversity of gender, sex, and race create an opportunity for the audience to view the same situation from multiple viewpoints. This really challenges our personal biases and incites important conversation. Hoke writes each character with great nuance and sympathy, which adds to the complexity of the audience's experience. Highly recommend!
  • Nick Malakhow:
    20 Apr. 2020
    I was thoroughly engrossed in this intricately written piece! I loved how not only was the scenario itself was rich enough fodder for a compelling story, but Hoke also pushes the audience to constantly question and reframe how they'd feel about the situation given a rotating smorgasbord of gendered interactions. I also appreciated how the dialogue's flexibility and gender neutrality was so nuanced. The code-switching individual actors would have the opportunity to do while relating to various scene-partner-permutations would be a delightful challenge and also an excellent opportunity for bold conversation starting about gender, power, relationships, and propriety.
  • Keyanna Alexander:
    19 Apr. 2020
    Great show to have your audience question gender biases.
  • Rowen Haigh:
    19 Apr. 2020
    I keep trying to organize my feelings about TEACH and I love that I can't. It's poignant and tender...and creepy and awkward. Hoke brings us into each character's mind and spinning moral compass without losing a narrative beat. This is a play of layers and ripples—an untangling of threads that tangle themselves again behind your back. Everyone is culpable AND innocent. We, the audience, may think we see the clear ethical line that the teachers and students alike cross, but Hoke writes each character with such honest compassion that we can also understand how they succumb to temptation.
  • Julie Zaffarano:
    17 Apr. 2020
    TEACH is a riveting and intense story that transcends the reader into the world of these characters. We feel their longing for for that unconditional touch. Brilliantly crafted, poetic, and haunting.
  • Andrew Rosendorf:
    3 Feb. 2020
    An uncovering of the past and present that you think is going one direction but then veers to an unforeseen path where we start to question our own biases, our own views on power, on gender, and on love. A unique investigation and exploration on those that teach us in our lives, those that we teach, and the mistakes (sometimes catastrophic, sometime stumbles) that make us all flawed and human.
  • sheila duane:
    6 Jan. 2020
    This is an incredibly compelling, interesting play that asks a lot of questions. Some people look to theater for answers... this play offers few answers but highlights questions about desire and ethics in high school classrooms. It also visits the issue of power structures in the workplace and sexual attraction. After reading it the first time, I was angry at Ken for his manipulation and his abuse of his the power of his office; but after reading it the second time, I began to believe that the characters' shifting gender identities tell another story.
  • Greg Burdick:
    4 Sep. 2019
    As an educator, I appreciated the remarkable tension Donna Hoke builds into each scene of TEACH. There is much to unpack for teachers, administrators, and even guidance counselors here... but particularly for students, and the adults they ultimately become. Hoke’s usage of gender fluidity allows us to see this story from a multifaceted perspective, delineating all the scenarios for power dynamics in cases of teacher misconduct. The effect is eerily powerful, as male and female performers must alternate inhabitation of a teacher and student. Produce this play, and spark an important conversation about sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Aleks Merilo:
    30 Aug. 2019
    Riveting, disquieting, even dangerous. Hoke has created a timelessly rich conflict about how The battle between head and heart plays out. Watching the tension slowly boil to the surface is truly cathartic, especially when it is written with such genuine authenticity. A clever casting choice allows us to, in a sense, watch a character come of age twice at two different points in her life - A structural choice I have never seen before. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the audience debates at the end of the show.
  • Royal Shiree:
    25 Aug. 2019
    Symbolism is replete from character assignations, dialogue, setting, staging, and blocking. This is a very musical play with choreographed dancing between characters who switch partners, choreographed like a ballroom dance.

    TEACH makes us think about the roles we have as humans, interacting with other humans in some form or fashion, in some degree or the other: good, bad, indifferent, or somewhere in between, and the question is where is the line, and who’s crossing it.

    This would be a wonderful challenge for directors and actors, and a voyeuristic engagement from the audience.