Shelly O'Day's review in the Spartan Daily of the Northside Theatre Company's production in San Jose, California, summarizes the plot: "Set in a juvenile detention center, Juvie depicts the life of kids who are scared, lonely and locked up. Some are drug offenders, some have killed and some are just misfits. Although the set never changes, the "juvies" venture out of their cells to tell why and how they were caught. The barren cell and lack of props are effective in keeping with each character's desolation." The English Journal called McDonough the "Father of Young Adult Drama" because he was among the first to tackle the problems facing youth today in a straightforward, effective manner without profanity and obscenity. Juvie was the most-produced play by National Thespian Society members at one time, and McDonough's Addict and Dolls later joined Juvie on the top ten list. Since McDonough's death in 1999, we continue to get requests for biographical information from students who want to write an essay on the positive influence McDonough's plays have had on their lives.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code J64000
- Cast Size 11
- Min. Royalty Rate $85/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 70 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780886801038
- "In the age of COVID, this was an excellent choice for production, as early in our rehearsal process, several cast members were forced to quarantine. Because the script is devised episodically in a series of monologues, actors could continue to work on their sections of the play independently, as in-person rehearsals continued."
- Review by Greg Burdick, Lake Gibson High School, Bartow, Fla.
- "Juvie is a very effective series of monologues by a number of teens in a juvenile detention holding tank for crimes committed under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In order to understand their character more deeply, the cast members made collages expressing the character's thoughts and feelings. We took the play to three middle schools. Our audience members appeared to be very engrossed in the production."
- Review by Linda Walker, Heritage University, Toppenish, Wash.