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Anna is a grade-schooler on the autism spectrum with needs just like any other kid — some are just a little more precise. Anna’s comfortable routine gets challenged in this 60-minute Winnipeg-produced comedy, when her teacher Ms. Cobweb (Cherie Kotelniski vibing Andrea Martin’s Mrs. Falbo) is suddenly — and suspiciously — replaced by the very witch-like Ms. Zephir (also Kotelniski). The loss of the familiar spins a regular school day wildly out of control, and it’s up to Anna (an expressive Asia Bowman) to put it right for her classmates, new kid Will (a gung-ho Derek Kaye) and mean girl Stephanie (an on-point Halee Pierog).
This good-humoured and emotionally authentic story, written by Aimee Beaudoin and Adam Schwartz has a few bumps (the rap song is well done but takes us out of the story). The show’s youthful energy welcomes the audience to be immersed in, and discover what it’s like to be in Anna’s neuro-diverse world. Great for all ages.
— Wendy King
From the Fringe program:
Gemini-nominated comedy writer Aimée Beaudoin and autistic novelist and stand-up comedian Adam Schwartz (Aspergers a tale of a social misfit, 5 STARS) present Anna and the Substitute Teacher.
This funny, heartfelt, family-friendly play is about an exceptional day in the life of a charming young lady with autism/Aspergers.
When Anna's beloved teacher, Ms. Cobweb, is replaced by a spooky substitute and Stephanie the bratty bully becomes the new teacher's pet, it's up to Anna to save the day!
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: General
393 Portage Ave
Portage Place, 3rd Fl.
Wed, Jul 17, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 6:45 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 5:15 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 9:00 PM
Sun, Jul 28, 2019 – 3:15 PM
Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2:09 PM CDT: Adds review
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