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Sherri Rosen-Mason, head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, is intent on diversifying the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, she’s been largely successful. But when the couple’s only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, progressive values and self-interest collide with shocking results. This biting comedy-drama by the author of Bad Jews and Significant Other explodes the ideals and contradictions of “liberal” white America.
 

WINNER OF THE DRAMA DESK AND OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS FOR BEST PLAY
 

"Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire—of the left, by the left, for the left
for today."
 
New York Times

"The nuanced and competing truths . . . are like a first act that dares its spectators to create a second out of post-show conversations." Time Out (New York)

"A smart, hilarious and provocative drama." Hollywood Reporter

THIS PRODUCTION IS SPONSORED IN PART BY A GENEROUS DONATION

FROM IVY AND DANIEL MARWIL

SUPPORT FROM RHODE ISLAND STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

CAST 

Deb Martin*

Sherri Rosen-Mason

Karen Carpenter*

Ginnie Peters

Jim O'Brien*

Bill Mason

Jacob Osborne

Charlie Mason

Wendy Overly*

Roberta

CREW

Set Designer: Patrick Lynch

Costume Designer: Amanda Downing-Carney

Lighting Designer: Steve McLellan

Sound Design: Charles Cofone

Stage Manager: Jenna Worden*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

PREVIEW

Privilege and political correctness collide in ‘Admissions,’ at Gamm Theatre

Taking a topic that might have been ripped from recent headlines and liberally filtering it through the lens of satire, playwright Joshua Harmon challenges the concept of political correctness in smart, provocative ways. Read the Providence Journal preview>

REVIEWS

Gamm Theatre’s ‘Admissions’ Brilliantly Examines Ongoing Controversy

Be sure to catch “Admissions”....An excellently directed and acted show that will keep your interest from start to finish. Read the review> (The Theatre Mirror)

Searing ADMISSIONS Shines at The Gamm

Thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny, especially when performed by such an exceptional cast.   Read the review> (Broadway World)


A Family Struggles With Putting Politics Into Action In The Gamm's 'Admissions'

If you go -- and you should -- you will find yourself in a work going hard, fast, and comical for about an hour and 45 minutes. There’s no intermission either. But the power, humor and realness will keep you hooked. Read the review> (The Public's Radio)

‘Admissions’ Review

"Admissions" is an effective entertainment and also a wonderful exploration of who we are and who we hope to be. Read the review> (EDGE Magazine)

Admit one to GAMM Theater

The intrapersonal conflicts are delicious. You will discuss the contradictions in this play long after the lights go out. There are dozens of honest laughs and a couple of stunners. Read the review> (RI Central)

THE GAMM DELIVERS ANOTHER BITING LOOK AT WHO WE THINK WE ARE

Admissions is not only a “good play,” it’s important work. While calling up the ghosts of the socially conscious sitcoms of the 1970s, it entertains while challenging us to ask questions that “good white people” thought were already answered. Harmon reminds us here that the questions need to keep coming as our attitudes evolve and progress. Read the review> (MOTIF)
 

You need to get in on Gamm’s ‘Admissions’

Harmon’s writing is insightful, pointed – and funny. In her Gamm debut, Director Bryn Boice, associate artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, gets the tone and texture of the action and the ideas just right, coming from a place of understanding for the characters and their feelings....at its heart, this story is personal, and that’s what goes home with us. Read the review> (The Times)

Topical, thought-provoking 'Admissions' at Gamm

tense, taut, remarkable....one heck of a play that will both entertain and at times infuriate you and leave you thinking. Read the review> (Warwick Beacon)


'Admissions' at the Gamm offers food for thought
I didn't leave the theater feeling guilty or privileged or defeated or sad, I ended up thinking about how damned difficult — and sensitive — matters of race are, were and will probably always be. And yes, I felt uncomfortable but I also ended up feeling hopeful and grateful that we can and should talk about race and grateful that we can and should laugh at ourselves. Read the review> (Westerly Sun)

ADMISSIONS Keeps Gamm’s Bar at its Highest!

It’s an understatement to say that this has been a noteworthy season for The
Gamm thus far. From the first scene of A Doll’s House Part II to the historical
insights of JQA; the utter charm of It’s a Wonderful Life, the Radio Play; the bar for
theatrical excellence has been set inexorably high, and yet with the current
comedy-drama, ADMISSIONS, they found another few inches to raise it up even
more so. (Cumulus Media & WBLQ Westerly)

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by Peter Goldberg

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