"Speech and Debate"

May 19, 2010

May 20-June 27
Phoenix Theatre

Somewhere between “Glee” and “Election,” there’s “Speech and Debate,” Steve Karam’s sharp play about a trio of high school outcasts who, well, I’ll just say it involves a time-traveling witch out of “The Crucible.” And Abe Lincoln. And predatory adults. In a world where it seems there’s a new high school sex scandal every time we turn on the TV, the play could easily be an “issue play,” but Karam’s ambitions seem to be greater than that. It’s a play that embraces not just the noble intentions of these lost kids, but also one that understands how annoying they can be. Details here.