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EINSTEIN! ~ a Pick of the Fringe and Encore Winner

solo performance · sew and sew · Ages 10+ · family friendly · flashing lights · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MORNA MURPHY MARTELL

June 18, 2016

What I liked

The manifestation of Einstein’s genius can only be explained by the suspicion that he had Aspergers, a condition on the autism spectrum, where higher functioning people demonstrate an all-absorbing interest in specific topics but are socially awkward. This makes sense after seeing Jack Fry’s interpretation of a man, obsessed by his mathematical discovery while remaining an often cruel and dismissive husband and father. We spend time with him over those desperate years when he eagerly awaited confirmation of his Theory of Relativity while being scorned by the Scientific Community. Fry portrays other scientists, some supportive, but one who wants to steal the world’s most famous equation, E = mc2. In some touching scenes he becomes Hans, his own meek eldest son, who still suffers from early rejection.

What I didn't like

Couldn’t understand the offstage voices and the actor tended to whisper a lot so I often couldn’t hear him.

My overall impression

A believable portrait of a man who was certainly a genius, but difficult to like.

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