Setting a play in a school is a risky business. For every ‘Teechers’ or ‘The History Boys’, there are a hundred other plays that try and fail to say something meaningful about the teenage experience. ‘Selective Hearing’, unfortunately, is one of the latter. It has a few interesting ideas about perception and fantasy, but the clumsiness of the writing and acting let it down, and the weak musical numbers are a serious mistake. Not funny enough to be a comedy, not dramatic enough to be a drama, and not musically strong enough to be a musical, the performance is aimless and confused. Rather like a teenager, in fact. Must try harder.
This review was originally published here.