Evelyn in Purgatory review

By: Topher Payne

Royalties: Samuel French


When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year.

A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom.

Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

Rating: Language- 16+
Adult Content- 13+
Violence- All audiences

Pay attention to: Nothing specific. Rating was given for a few uses of the f-word and discussion of sexual harassment, marital difficulties. One character is pregnant out of wedlock.

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