They Call Me Mister Fry: Theatre Asylum's Best of the Fringe
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Once began as a music-fueled indie film that won the nation's heart in 2006, taking home the Best Original Song Oscar for its haunting love ballad "Falling Slowly." Now, Once has taken the Broadway stage by storm, earning eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The romantic tale follows a downtrodden Dublin street musician and a delightfully quirky Czech woman who meet in the least likely of places -- a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Their complicated lives make the path to love a rocky one, and they channel their feelings into the music they produce together -- him on guitar, her on piano, two voices harmonizing and setting them free, for a time, from the harsh realities of their lives. Learn More
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They Call Me Mister Fry is funny and moving. Jack Fry is brilliant as he goes from character to character illustrating, in a touching and humorous way, the ups and downs of a first year teacher. My wife and I both enjoyed it immensely. If you've ever BEEN IN A CLASSROOM, this play will touch your heart and leave you smiling. The entire audience was buzzing with excitement as we exited the theater.
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This play manages to avoid the clichés of "idealistic teacher/troubled students" stories with an honest look and a surprising amount of insight into the American education system. The performance is honest and heartfelt. The play is funny, yet...continued
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“Jack Fry is the Patch Adams of education, the highest quality of Off Broadway theatre” —LA Examiner
Critic’s Pick for Best of the Fest —Capital Fringe
“Gritty but hopeful” —Curtain Up New York
“A must see” —socal.com
“A talented blend of comedy and emotion” —Valley Scene Magazine
“Freiberger wins over his audience…he masterfully plays two problem students.” —LA Weekly
“By all means see it and leave inspired!” —Our Town New York (Theater Pick of the Week)
“This production has enough heart, audacity, and originality to stand out from the crowd mainly because of the artistry of Jack Fry.” —dctheaterscene.com
“Intense and intimate…many laughs…” —NUVO
“They Call Me Mister Fry is directed by my first director, Jeff Michalski, so you know it’s got to be good.” —Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)
See Goldstar member reviews of They Call Me Mister Fry’s successful New York run at Comic Strip Live.
From the cornfields of Indiana to the streets of South Central Los Angeles, They Call Me Mister Fry is the true-life story teaching 5th grade in South Los Angeles as a first-year teacher. It’s a funny, poignant solo show that tells the struggles of a mid-western white boy from Indiana dealing with a challenging, multi-ethic body of students and his journey through the bowels of big city bureaucracy. It focuses on his relationship with two challenging students and how they affected each other’s lives. Most importantly, it follows the evolution of “Mr. Fry” into an effective teacher — who came to teach, but ended up learning.