I was not a member of the Clayton High School Speech and Debate team. I assumed it would be the most boring possible after-school activity, other than Electonics Club. (Neither was I a member of the CHS Gay-Straight Alliance, nor could I imagine such a concept possible in 1977.)
I might have missed a stimulating opportunity, based on the evidence presented in the play Speech and Debate, at the Roundabout Theater. It got a rave in the Times, and I'd put it in the "Catch it while you can" category. It is hilarious, insightful and a pure joy to watch. And the night at the theater was all the more exciting because Stephen Sondheim was a member of the teeny little sold-out audience last night, along with moi!
If you can score a ticket, you'll thank me. Photo: NYTimes.com