Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
A two-character holiday comedy about a burnt-out, adult education writing teacher who rediscovers his passion in one of the strangest student-teacher conferences of all time.
Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 34th Series. and in Christmas Shorts, a collection of five holiday plays by the author that can be performed individually or together as a complete evening of theatre for a cast of 4-13 performers.
"The script is loaded with low-key, sweet humor." - Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Funny and profane." - Wisconsin State Journal
"Funny and heartwarming." - Isthmus Daily Page
Four Stars! "Touching and inspiring... a favorite!" - Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
"My favorite piece [in Indiana's Phoenix Theatre's A Very Pheonix Xmas #6: Our Goose is Cooked] was The Student by Matt Hoverman. I was surprised to find myself weeping during it. This little two-hander is on both of my 'BEST OF 2011' lists." - Indytheatrehabit.com
"So what are this year's strongest shows [in City Theatre's Summer Shorts]? ... Clement as a writing professor and Durkin as his endearingly oddball student have perfect chemistry and timing in Matt Hoverman’s The Student." - Miami Herald
"Five snorts (out of 5) for Matt Hoverman's The Student [in City Theatre's Summer Shorts]: I've run out of good things to say... makes you want to cry. And laugh." - Miami Art Zine
"Probably the funniest piece of the night [re: The Student in City Theatre's Summer Shorts]." - Florida Theater Onstage
"Matt Hoverman's short play The Student, the best piece at City Theatre's Summer Shorts festival [is a] masterful comedy of homoerotic repression and twisted yuletide metaphor. The Student is a reminder that with such gifted acting, directing, and writing, minimalism is more than sufficient." - Miami New Times
A winner of the 2009 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The Student was produced by Algonquin Productions at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre, and was directed by Suzanne Agins.