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Einstein!

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

Writer/performer Jack Fry brings the legendary theoretical physicist to life in his meticulously researched solo show, which explores Einstein's professional and personal struggles. Part of the first annual STEM Fest. More…

It's 1914 Berlin. War is breaking out all over Europe, and a 35-year old Einstein is fighting for his life as he faces colleagues trying to steal his work, an ugly divorce, anti-Semitism, failing health, thoughts of suicide, and a troubled relationship with his son, Hans Albert. Based on 15,000 documents about this curious man, Jack Fry's solo show examines one of the most intriguing icons of all time.


Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent
78
Avg Score

65
The subject is important and interesting, but neither the performance nor the script does it justice

See it if you want to see Fry's attempt to capture AE, even tho flawed. You will share AE's triumph when his theory of relativity is finally accepted.

Don't see it if you want coherent storytelling, true wit (attempts fall flat), topnotch acting (accent was inconsistent), a fast pace, physics explained.

Also I feel bad that I didn't enjoy this brief revival of the show (mid-Jan... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Enchanting, Informative

See it if Good portrayal of Einstein's human struggles. Gave me a feel for E's sense of humor and nervous breakdowns. Fun audience interaction.

Don't see it if You're expecting a more intense drama or wildly creative experience.

68
Slow, Mildly entertaining, Ambitious idea that falls short

See it if You like solo shows w many characters. Learning about Einstein’s life and research would intrigue.

Don't see it if You don’t like attempts at humor that don't land or a performer who gets a little cranky when you don’t laugh.

Also I expected to like this more, given its well-lauded prior run and cons... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Educational, Historically accurate

See it if You want to learn about Einstein and his scientific struggles and relationships

Don't see it if You expect Freud's Last Session; you will have trouble with an actor who looks like Tom Selleck

Also A learning opportunity

80
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like biographies and want to learn about Einstein

Don't see it if you want a musical

Also One of the most adorable, clever opening sequences

75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to learn more about Einstein, explore the challenges scientific discovery, and watch one man play many roles quite well.

Don't see it if you have zero interest in science/Einstein, you're a stickler for accurate/consistent accents.

100
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you go to the theater to want to learn something.

Don't see it if you are not into the biographical genre.

100
Profound, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want new perspective on your own daily struggles.

Don't see it if you are expecting pure slapstick/caricature.

For a previous production
100
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Original

See it if If you have a sense of curiosity If you wonder what Einstein's life was like

Don't see it if If your day is not complete without knowing what the Kardashians are wearing or doing If you love Trump rallies or FOX is always on at home

For a previous production
100
Clever, Intense, Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like great story telling. Einstein the Man vs. Einstein the Scientist. Humanity benefits from one man's sacrifice.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows.

For a previous production
98
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like a play that brings a famous historical figure who interacts with the audience. one man show by jack fry a great performer

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows

For a previous production
92
Clever, Funny, Original, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You don't mind being given new insights into the personal life of such a well-known person.

Don't see it if You insist on a strictly chronological presentation of someone's life.

For a previous production
85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in Einstein, history of the 20th century, and hard-hitting and thought-provoking acting

Don't see it if you're not into bio/historical drama. Einstein, like many clever biographical plays, is slow moving but powerful once it gains momentum.

For a previous production
100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if want to learn, in a very fun and entertaining way, about Einstein, from Einstein, and his journey to prove his theory of relativity.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a fabulous actor play multiple parts in a well scripted show!

For a previous production
98
Absorbing, Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound

See it if like historical drama with humor & dashes of audience engagement. You'll see an Albert Einstein that you have never seen before...powerful!

Don't see it if you don’t like audience engagement. (But the actor’s bantering w/ audience is fun - NOT offensive & doesn’t disturb the flow of the story.)

For a previous production
100
Ambitious, Original, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you want to be humorously entertained and don't mind learning something in the process.

Don't see it if ...you are looking for music, dancing and light entertainment.

For a previous production
96
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if See it if you appreciate good acting. See it if you appreciate one-person shows. See it if you think that Albert Einstein was interesting.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want to waste your time and not have any fun. :~) Truly, I can't think of a good reason not to see this show.

For a previous production
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if ...you love biography and family intrigue

Don't see it if ....you don't understand English.....but even if you don't, you'd get it.

For a previous production
100
Absorbing, clever, funny, great acting, great writing, entertaining, educational

See it if u want to be entertained & learn something about the young Einstein. My wife & I had no idea of the turmoils he faced to prove relativity.

Don't see it if you want to see a show where you check your brain at the door. There is an intense story to follow & you have to be on your toes.

For a previous production
100
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if If you are interested in experiencing the untold stories of Einstein's personal and professional struggles- portrayed so magnificently.

Don't see it if If you're looking for an interpretation of the older Einstein. This is a much younger version of himself.

For a previous production
100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if An exploration of the personal, financial, societal and scientific challenges Einstein faced, like you've likely not seen before. Excellent!

Don't see it if If you're looking for a big Broadway musical, with incredible tunes that you'll be humming afterwards. This is not that show. Who knew?!

For a previous production
98
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like history and science (or not). Jack Fry brings the unknown side of Albert Einstein to life.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical.


August 15th, 2016
for a previous production “Jack Fry will remind you of your coolest teacher ever as he portrays the emotional life of one of the world’s great minds with humor and sensitivity...Some technical detail is lost in Fry’s breathless dialect as he interprets the German’s more excited descriptions of relativity...Otherwise Fry’s...
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August 16th, 2016
for a previous production "Jack Fry reinvented, wrote the play and portrays the young Einstein...Fry’s Einstein is both intriguing and amusing. He plays the fiddle. He’s distressed by the downside of his celebrity, i.e. tee-shirts on which his likeness is printed, and even worse, bobble-head dolls of him...The theater may...
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August 20th, 2016
for a previous production "Directed with forceful energy by Tom Blomquist, Fry commands the stage and fully inhabits his role in an animated and emotional performance...Along with his compelling portrayal of Einstein, Fry clearly distinguishes between his characterizations of the supporting figures in the narrative...Fry’...
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August 17th, 2016
for a previous production “I found this to be a masterpiece. You’re going to be entranced by Jack Fry’s brilliant personification of Einstein...Fry researched an immense amount of information about Einstein which has only been available in recent years. I don’t believe any actor alive today could do a more brilliant rendi...
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