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History Boys

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History Boys#0
Posted: 12/23/05 at 6:48pm
anyone else excited about the british limited run transplant!? hopefully i'll be in NY in time to see it before the run is over!! it looks brilliant.
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re: History Boys#1
Posted: 12/23/05 at 8:10pm
I've seen it twice here in London and I'm hoping to catch it twice more before it heads off to Broadway (and some other international stops, I think?). It is a fantastic, hilarious, deeply moving play. I'm just a little worried that it's too English...a lot of the humour comes from mocking the English education system, and certain less prestigious English universities. But I really hope it's appreciated in NY! The cast that's coming with it is truly superb.
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re: History Boys#2
Posted: 12/23/05 at 11:21pm
I've only read the script, but I think it's an incredibly accessible, enjoyable play. I don't think American audiences will have any trouble with it at all.
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re: History Boys#3
Posted: 12/24/05 at 2:34am
I agree with the remark about the play being slighty too english. Though I still predict a fair amount of success on bway. I think its a generally fantastic play that quite deftly uses video projections that actually add something important to the play, rather than just demonstrate impressive technology, which seems to be the trend nowadays. My only problem with the piece (for those who have seen it) stems from the seeming ease with which the students and hector's "relationship" takes place. When I saw the show, I felt that Bennett was living in a bit of a dream world to think that so many boys would be OK with the things going on with Hector, and to have Hector carry on so freely with them. For those of you who think im giving away spoilers, I'm really not. This is no surprise or shock in the play, so dont worry.
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re: History Boys#4
Posted: 12/24/05 at 11:57am
I've only read it and do find it slightly 'British'. (I may be bitter though since it's stopping at the Broadhurst where 'Lennon' sadly departed.) However, it seems accessible enough, I'm just afraid it may become Americanized in its transfer.
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re: History Boys#5
Posted: 12/24/05 at 12:11pm
iluv, i dont think it really can become "americanized" in the transfer, because it is not actually a new broadway production, but rather the british production with original cast and director Nick Nytner are touring the show to broadway. Broadway is actually a stop on the tour. So nothing will actually be changed.