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Friday, December 5, 2008

Weekend To-Do: 'The History Boys'

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‘THE HISTORY BOYS'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14.

The Weekend Theater's artistic director Ralph Hyman directs this Tony Award winner, a drama set in a fictional grammar school in northern England in the early '80s. At the center of the action are eight history pupils who're trying to get into college with the help of two iconoclastic teachers. One, a veteran English teacher, questions the education system and aims to imbue his students with knowledge for knowledge's sake. He's presented in contrast to Irwin, a generation younger, who serves as a special coach to the boys, teaching them that supporting an argument is more important than historical truth when it comes to the college examination board. Along the way, the play delves deep into the chaos of adolescence and the broader purpose of education with, the theater promises, “superb one-liners.” The production runs Friday and Saturday through Dec. 20.

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