All the world's a stage-and nowhere is that more true thanat an all-girls high school, particularly one where a scandal has just erupted.A teacher has had an affair with his underage student, and though her friendspretend to be dismayed, they are secretly curious and jealous. They obsessivelyexamine the details of the affair under the watchful eye of their stern andenigmatic saxophone teacher, whose focus may not be as strictly on theirupcoming recital as she implies.
When the local drama school turns the story of the scandalinto their year-end show, the real world and the world of the theater areforced to meet. With both performances-the musicians' and the acting students'-approaching,the boundaries between dramas real and staged, private and public, begin todissolve. The Rehearsal is a tenderportrait of teenage yearning and adult regret, an exhilarating, darkly funny,provocative novel about the complications of human desire.