Review: Shattered Globe Theatre Presents Radial Gradient at Theater Wit (Through March 11, 2023)

It is 2017, Anjani and Gigi are freshmen roommates participating in Rush week to join a sorority. They are strongly hoping to get into the same one. They first meet Melanie, who is a Recruitment Counselor who is there to help them with the process. She is supposed to keep secret her house affiliation. Flash forward to 2020. Melanie is presenting her dissertation to a group of professors about racism in the Greek System. She has set up a panel with Anjani and Gigi to discuss their experiences with their sororities. Behind her is a two way mirror which allows the professors to watch the panel without them knowing.

Jasmine Sharma has written a play that really digs into the sorority recruitment process. Some parts of it feel a bit unnatural as the characters provide the definitions of the terminology. Other parts do feel realistic as the pressure of the situation builds. The characters feel that in some ways, the house you join will determine who will be your friends for the next four years, and possibly longer.

Simran Deokule is great as Anjani, who is quickly turned off by the system and drops out. Isabelle Muthiah is excellent as Gigi, who sees issues, but decides to join anyways and fix it from the inside. Kianna Rose is solid as Melanie, who is trying to end the racism in the Greek system.

Cost of a ticket: $45

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Get tickets now for Radial Gradient through March 11th!

Quinn Delaney


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