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SPEECH & DEBATE is a fiercely funny and surprisingly timely new play by new playwright Stephen Karam. They may go to the same school, but misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie have never met and their teachers and peers just don’t take them seriously – until a sex scandal involving one of their teachers brings them together. Soon they realize that three voices are stronger

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Published July 1st 2009 by Playaway (first published June 30th 2008)
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Ivonne Rovira
Sep 24, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers especially
Friendless drama queen Diwata bamboozles cynical, gay Howie and earnest journalist-wannabe Solomon into joining the Speech and Debate Club in order to give herself an extracurricular activity for her college applications but, more importantly, to avenge herself on her high school drama teacher who refuses to cast the over-the-top Diwata in leading roles. Usually, such a play descends into a trite, if funny, exploration of how the threesome become fast friends.

However, this is no Disney movie. In
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Eli
Where many other plays that deal with issues affecting today's teens fall short, Stephen Karam's "Speech and Debate" excels. That's because Karam is never afraid to dive deep into the challenging but worthwhile issues at the heart of his play. Where other authors waste time with self-censorship, Karam creates an open discussion and proceeds to inject it with wit and fresh perspectives.

"Speech and Debate" follows three very different high school students in Salem, Oregon who start a speech and de
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Elaine Ruth Boe
Tightly plotted play. Laughed out loud.
Leigh
This only gets 3 stars because I bought it with the intention of cutting it for speech. It's not exactly what I was wanting or hoping. It's not a bad script, but, it's not amazing. There's no solid 'moment'. There's a rise in conflict that is kind of vague, and the conflict floats through. I wish it had a better mix and a stronger conflict.
Joshua
This is a hilarious and finely written play. Not for the faint of heart or close minded. 'Nuff said.
Tater Wormsbecker
A great contemporary play. I laughed and blushed. Definitely recommending this for theatre kids like myself
Wayne
I should have gone to school with this lot...
instead of smoking pot with them.
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