Gummy Worm - a new comedy by Nathaniel Foster

the new cosmopolitans · Ages 13+ · 70 mins · United States of America

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Review by ANIRUDH PAREEK

June 03, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: timely · irreverent · Heart-warming · emotional · funny

What I liked

I thought the actors were all wonderful. I loved how the teacher was only a voice and not given a face or much time – it’s a play about the kids’ experience, not her. I loved how simple it was – only four actors utilizing one simple set. I thought each character was unique and had an important but contributory perspective. The themes explored – our broken education system, slut-shaming, homophobia, abortion, identity, forgiveness – were all very poignant for our present time. I loved that it was only 70mins and didn’t even feel that long.

What I didn't like

It would be interesting to include a deeper exploration of the nature of consent. While I understand that the play is set in a Christian school in TX (which is most likely to have white students), it would be fun to see how a more multi-cultural cast could add depth to the stories being told. I, for one, am an Indian male educated in a southern baptist school for 8 years!

My overall impression

I loved this show! If you are looking for a funny, thought-provoking play, this is it. I felt I was dropped into the setting of the play immediately and the tone was witty and face-paced.

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