Thursday, September 12, 2019


Joshua Harmon
Los Altos Stage Company

Michael Champlin, Quincy Shaindlin and Kristin Walter
Admissions is Joshua Harmon’s hard-hitting, paradoxical look at admission processes at both upper-crust private secondary schools and the most-sought-after private universities.  Now in a riveting, superbly acted and directed production at Los Altos Stage Company, Admissions lays bare for all to examine the true values of two white parents – Sherri in Admissions and her husband Bill, the Headmaster – both who pride themselves in clearing the path for minority and female students to enter and excel at Hillcrest, an expensive, private high school.  But when their own son – who has been able to attend the highly exclusive school free of tuition and has in fact truly achieved much in his four years – finds out he only has a ‘defer’ in his application to Yale, what these same two parents are willing to do to so their white, privileged son can enter the next level of elite education immediately calls to the minds of the audience the recent admissions/testing scandals affecting parents from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and beyond.  

For my entire review, please continue to Talkin' Broadway:

Rating:  4.5 E

Admissions continues through September 29, 2019 at Los Altos Stage Company, at Los Altos Stage Company, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA.  Tickets are available online at or Monday – Friday, 3 – 6 p. in person at the box office or by calling 650-941-0551.

Photo Credit: Richard Mayer

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