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Saturday Spotlight: The History Boys
by Stephen Becker 11 Apr 2009

Today in the Art&Seek Saturday Spotlight, we turn our attention to Uptown Players’ production of The History Boys. For more on the show:

FIND: For performance information, see the play’s event page.

REACT: The History Boys opened on Thursday. If anyone has seen it, let us know what you thought by dropping a comment on this post. Or take a look at Lawson Taitte’s review on GuideLive.com.

DISCUSS: Two of the teachers in The History Boys take opposing stances on education. Irwin feels his job is mainly to prepare his students for further education, teaching them the tricks they’ll need to make good grades on tests. Hector, on the other hand, believes strongly in learning for learning’s sake and doesn’t buy into the school-as-factory model. Is it important for students today to have both kinds of teachers? And for those of you with kids, have you witnessed a change at all from the way you were educated to the way your kids are being taught?

CREATE: If you’re going to do a British play, you’ve got to have a trusty British accent. But how do you develop one? Several Web sites offer help, including wikihow.com, expertvillage.com and ehow.com. It’s never too soon to start working on yours – you never know when it might come in handy.