Wednesday November 18, 2009 / 6:00pmThey Call Me Mister Fry
How was your experience?
They Call Me Mister Fry is an incredibly touching and extremely funny exploration of the experience of a first year teacher in a South Central L.A. public school. I read the teaser: "What happens when a white boy from Indiana ends up teaching in South Central Los Angeles?" The answer appears to be that his world is turned upside down, but in a powerful and, ultimately, a good and hopeful way. Mr. "Fry" took us on an authentic, first person, journey and he shared a range of emotions and insights that touched my funny bone and made me cry too. This is accomplished performance happens on a relatively austere stage, with some props and a few projected images. But it is clear that Mr. "Fry" has a passion and love for his subject, education. If you have any compassion for children struggling against many odds, I think it will be difficult NOT to be touched. But beyond that, it's a human story of growth both for the children and for the teacher. Mr. Fry shares his naivete, his life's challenges, ambitions and his precious artifacts from that year. All of this makes it very real and very authentic. It is an authenticity that is both rare and special for today's over produced entertainment. I highly recommend that everyone go see this play. It will be a memorable and powerful experience. And, you can have some excellent cocktails and food while you watch.