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Einstein!

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Einstein (writer/performer Jack Fry) first appears to us in a swirl of lights, to the tune of the classic Twilight Zone theme music. He has returned from another dimension, he informs us, because he’s tired of being portrayed as the wacky scientist with the wackier hair, fodder for T-shirts and bobblehead dolls.

 

What follows relates his struggles to prove his famous Theory of Relativity.

 

We learn much from the script, from his being underrated by his own parents to his problems with a failed marriage, estrangement from his children, and huge academic pressures. Winnipeggers may especially relate to the tragic comedy of Einstein’s unfortunate encounters with bad weather.

 

Fry effectively portrays the joy, sadness, determination and desperation of the man, and also his colleagues, jumping between characters with impressive changes in voice and stance. So much ground is covered it becomes exhausting for the audience to keep up... much like a mortal trying to follow the leaps of logic of Einstein himself.

— Janice Sawka

From the Fringe program:

Director: Tom Blomquist

 

Cast: Jack Fry

 

This is NOT the story of the old Einstein with crazy hair and the tongue sticking out. But the story of a young "come-hither" Albert Einstein at his peak based on the recent release of 15,000 documents.

 

It's 1914 in Berlin and nobody, until now, knew the struggle and heart it took for Einstein not only to prove general relativity but the trials he went through to be the father he always wanted to be.

 

Through humour and heart, Jack Fry breathes life into one of the most intriguing icons of all time.

 

http://www.einsteintheplay.com/Einstein/Einstein_Home.html

 

Audience Classification: General

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

 

Warnings: None

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