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They Call Me Mister Fry
In this raucous-funny-poignant memoir, monologuist Jack Fry tells how he lost a bid to teach at a prestigious private school and ended up with a job in one of the tougher neighbourhoods in East L.A.
The gig takes its toll on his nerves and his love life. Determined to engage his students, he adopts a King Arthur persona and, of course, is punished by idiotic No Child Left Behind bureaucrats for his use of a balloon sword as a prop. He still manages to get involved in the lives of a fatherless girl and an incorrigible boy.
You can see how he could be a hit in a classroom: Fry’s nervous energy suggests an unholy hybrid of Woody Allen and Robin Williams, but his comic chops don’t diminish his ability to penetrate your heart when his story takes a tragic turn.
An early performance was marred by some technical issues and a world map that obscured the view of a video presentation for we unfortunates on the far left side of the theatre.
— Randall King
From the Fringe program:
Critics call it a "hilarious, yet tear breaking, TRUE story" that examines and explores the interaction of two 5th grade students with Mr. Fry. Both students are confronted with family tragedies and personal individual challenges. Mr. Fry must deal not only with his students but his own personal fragilities and character flaws.
Director: Jeff Michalski
Cast: Jack Fry
4 festival awards, 3 months off Broadway, 2 command performances at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC.
5 Stars - DC Theatre Scene, Chicago Theater Beat, Nuvo
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 90 mins.
Under 10 not admitted.
Updated on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM CDT:
Updated on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM CDT: