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The History Boys
By ALAN BENNETT
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
September 24 - November 1, 2009

Winner of a Tony® Award and Olivier Award, Bennett's internationally acclaimed drama chronicles the final school year of eight clever young British students in pursuit of sex, sport, and admission into Oxford or Cambridge. Two teachers become rivals for the hearts and minds of the boys in this hilarious and provocative new play that explores the anarchy of adolescence and the politics of education.

Mature in content.
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Critical Acclaim–

"This is one of those plays that people fall in love with. A big, juicy drama, full of interesting ideas and complex characters. Arden Theatre's production reimagines the cast so brilliantly with local talent." –Philadelphia Inquirer [Review]

"We walk away heads swimming with ideas, still digesting the play's profound emotional impact." –Philadelphia City Paper [Review]

"Theatrical and often very funny, Boys boasts an emotional honesty that is genuinely disarming. Director Terrence J. Nolen's cast is exceptional, led by Frank X, who gives an impressively nuanced performance. If you enjoy Philly theater, it doesn't get much better than the Arden's History Boys. –Philadelphia Weekly [Review]

"A drama that wraps its education theories in raw theatrical energy." –KYW Newsradio [Review]

"The elegant Frank X is incomparable as usual. All eight actors in the boy roles are remarkably talented and wonderfully cast. Worth a special trip to 2nd Street." –Curtain Up  [Review]

"Under Terry Nolen's finessed direction, Bennett's cram session speeds along with the quick, explosive pace of an '80s rock anthem."
–Broad Street Review [Review]

"The play is so entertaining that you don't even realize until afterwards how serious and thought-provoking it is. If there's one show you should see this season, this is it." –Uwishunu  [Review]

"A satisfying journey, as Nolen allows each of the eight students a chance to make a deep impression." –Talkin' Broadway

"Great theatre like this subverts our expectations and stretches our view of life." –Phillyist.com

Behind the Scenes–

Philadelphia City Paper interviews Frank X and Terry Nolen about The History Boys, Frank's first collaboration with the Arden. [Article]
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The History Boys
Cast
Matthew Amendt (Irwin)
Chris Bresky (Lockwood)
Brian Cowden (Rudge)
Ankit Dogra (Akthar)
Michael Doherty (Posner)
David Howey (Headmaster)
Evan Jonigkeit (Dakin)
Matt Leisy (Scripps)
Jonathan Silver (Timms)
Maureen Torsney-Weir (Mrs. Lintott)
Peterson Townsend (Crowther)
Frank X (Hector)

Set Designer
David P. Gordon
Costume Designer
Alison Roberts
Lighting Designer
F. Mitchell Dana
Sound & Projection Designer
Jorge Cousineau
Musical Director & Associate Sound Designer
Daniel Kluger
Stage Manager
Katharine M. Hanley
Assistant Director
Matt Rosenbaum
Dramaturg
Sally Ollove
Dialect Coach
Hazel Bowers


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Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News & Philly.com
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