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Substitute Teacher from Hell

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It’s a tough gig as a substitute teacher. That is the premise of Jass Richard’s one-woman comedic treatise on what’s wrong with, well, every aspect of school and schooling.

The Winnipeg actress delivers her frustration with the hypocrisy and administrative stupidity of schooling. Denim jeans? Not good for work, but denim skirts are fine. Students have a right to an education unless they are suspended. The list goes on and includes the students themselves, who are bored and incapable (it’s not her job to entertain them). There is more, but if you’ve been to public school, you’ve lived it.

There’s lots of energy and some funny lines, but the content is too simplistic and especially caustic towards students. There are a lot of contradictions that are never acknowledged and really need to be plumbed to give this show some depth. All in all, this sophomoric show needs more scholarship.

— Wendy King

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Erin Essery

Cast: Victoria Rutkowski

You know those people who just don't understand you? The ones who continually knock you down, and question your way of life? Have you ever wanted to punch those people, but can't?

Meet Jude Beecher, substitute teacher, who knows exactly what that's like.

Jude wanted to save the world, but can she save herself from the terror and insanity that is high school?

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 45 mins.

Warnings: Coarse Language

Not recommended for anyone under 14

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