It should be no surprise that we're big fans of MCC Theater over here at YesBroadway. This Off-Broadway theater company puts up knockout show after knockout show (see Charm, Yen, and School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play). Their latest is Transfers, a new play developed through their robust education and outreach program that has that rare trifecta of excellent acting, direction, AND writing.
Playwright Lucy Thurber tells the story of two boys from The Bronx, who are both applying to a prestigious university through a scholarship program for kids from underserved neighborhoods. Wrestling with important issues without preaching about them is a signature MCC move and Lucy certainly pulls it off here. It's a fascinating story that gives perspective to a part of our society that deserves a lot more attention.
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Jackson Gay achieves perfect dramatic tension scene after scene with her stellar cast, including Juan Castano and As You Like It's Ato Blankson-Wood giving top-notch performances as our two heroes. Samantha Soule also nails her performance of a rugby coach who has to finally admit that her life really isn't that different from the boys' she's interviewing.
Stop what you are doing right now and buy a ticket to Transfers. And, hey, buy a season ticket to MCC's entire 2018-19 season while you're at it. They've got the return engagement of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play AND the new Duncan Sheik musical!
Transfers runs through May 20.