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In his new one-person show, London's Jem Rolls has upended the usual cliché of standing on the shoulders of giants. Instead, Rolls hoists largely forgotten mega-genius physicist, heroic pacifist and "bumptious eccentric," Leo Szilard, onto his own shoulders and shouts to the world, with incisive wit and considerable linguistic skill, the extraordinary details of a man whose life should never have been forgotten in the first place.
Exploring the history of the Manhattan Project with fascinating side trips through Szilard's personal life, Rolls moves at a breathtaking pace for this nearly 70-minute storytelling master class. Barrelling through a mountain of names, facts and quotes, he barely slows down to breath, and yet the story is never hard to follow, never boring, never less than riveting.
The Inventor of All Things is about a very smart man who found himself at the crossroads of war, science and human ambition and his choices both saved the world and sent us in a terrifying direction. This is what must-see fringe fare looks like.
— Ben Wiebe
From the Fringe program:
A Jewish Hungarian wrecked the Nazi atomic bomb?
The amazing, true story of forgotten genius Leo Szilard.
Peacemaker, physicist, Martian, refugee, celebrity and more. And very funny.
Hated by Generals. First to think of the atomic bomb. Too good to flush his own toilet.
Performed by Jem Rolls.
5 STARS "Terrific " - StarPhoenix
41/2 STARS "Superb" - Edmonton Sun
"Magnetic, mesmerising" - CBC
"Funny and eccentric" - Torontoist
"Always great" - Toronto NOW
5 STARS "Beloved performer" - Free Press
Show Length: 75 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Updated on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3:31 PM CDT: Adds review