Piece Comment

Review of School Front Office

The chaos of the school office is immediately apparent from Paul's construction of this piece-- the subject can barely get a word in to us, her audience, between demanding children, phones ringing, greeting people. The effectiveness of this piece lies in the way it communicates this juggling of responsibilities, the way in which we depend upon the staff of public schools to accomplish a somewhat super-human collection of tasks.

Mr. Paul's entrance into the piece (presumably a host intro would reveal who he is!), asking questions and offering the subject a summary of the situation, sometimes interrupts the flow of the piece; it also could be just as effective if a minute or two was cut. However, overall, the piece does a great job: with rich sound and characters,
a "secretary" is revealed to be a massively important figure in the school, both to kids and the functioning of the institution.