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The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher (FringeNYC)

From 2 critic and 44 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

A FringeNYC Encore: When you teach third grade, you can't tell your students everything. Micaela Blei comes clean about classroom disasters, falling in love, and forging letters from an imaginary Queen. More…

This autobiographical solo show is written and performed by two-time Moth GrandSLAM champion Micaela Blei.

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Micaela Blei tells a story that is not only hilarious and engaging, but also deeply moving…Excellently directed by Catherine McCarthy, ‘Secret Life’ is structured with a schedule on the whiteboard…While I've described how 'Secret Life' is well-written, satisfying storytelling, I can’t really articulate how funny it is...I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud...The hour running time flies by, and by the end, I wanted to know even more about Blei and her adventures." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "What is most engaging about the performance, though, is Blei herself. You can’t help liking her...She’s a merry prankster and a grand conspirator of fun. She insists on dance breaks during class. At one point, her boyfriend told her, 'I wish you had been my 3rd grade teacher.' Me, too...I am not sure what sort of future this piece has. It could certainly run at festivals for years to come...Blei is a lovely person, a grand storyteller, and plain fun." Full Review

Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Great singing

See it if If you always wondered what happened before The Wizard of Oz this is the show for you!!

Don't see it if If you loved The Wizard of Oz then this is not the show for you!!

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear a great story about a 3rd grade teacher and her life. You want to be totally immersed in her life. You want to have fun.

Don't see it if You need fancy staging You don't like a one person show. You don't want to laugh, feel sad, and to be entertained by one person.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh and be moved

Don't see it if you're cold and unfeeling

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one woman shows, true stories about real life adventures, good writing and good story telling.

Don't see it if You prefer larger productions or musicals. You're not interested in real life stories or the adventures of a teacher.

Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you have a heart; appreciate skilled, clear, compelling storytelling; you are a human being who has ever had a childhood

Don't see it if you are a stone; you need action/adventure; you don't like imperfect, real people; you have no friends; you don't like the idea of innocence

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You'll "Awww" when Michaela tells the audience about how her 3rd graders react to her teaching and her methods. Amusing anecdotes galore.

Don't see it if You don't find kids or self-deprecating humor entertaining. You don't like solo shows. You expect stand up comedy with zingers.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to see the world of the third graders from a teacher's perspective, you enjoy funny stories.

Don't see it if didn't enjoy your childhood.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great storytelling

See it if you enjoy great storytelling that is both funny and touching.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-woman shows.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like an engaging storyteller, whose tales of teaching third grade and trying to cultivate adult relationships will resonate with most.

Don't see it if don't like one-woman shows or hate stories about kids.

Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if A really funny and personal moth type one woman show. Very relatable. Highly recommend.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Have you listened to the moth radio?

See it if Just see it. Great storytelling. Heartfelt and well written.

Don't see it if you were a bully and dont like kids. Or just don't want to remind yourself about when you were young.

Absorbing, Delightful, Resonant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You are up for an hour of captivating, humorous, and master storytelling.

Don't see it if You do not like solo shows.

Funny, Delightful, Profound

See it if you can! Only 3 more shows. She's a delight.

Don't see it if you don't like real life charming and human stories.

Poignant, Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Empowering

See it if you can get tickets to the Fringe Encore performance this fall 2016

Don't see it if you are easily bored by solo shows and a Moth champion story teller isnt enough for you, or you want more complicated staging.

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You want to be spellbound by a creative teacher's wonderful stories of surprising events both in the classroom and out.

Don't see it if I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this. It is a one person show.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you aspire to be a teacher

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman storytelling shows

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Touching

See it if you're a fan of The Moth!

Don't see it if true 1st-person stories charmingly told aren't enough to keep you entertained

Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if If you like to follow a humorous, imaginative woman's journey of growing confidence in herself

Don't see it if You hated third grade

Funny, Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great storytelling

See it if You like storytelling style with mini vignettes

Don't see it if you want choreography or don't like one-person shows

Funny, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy shows about teachers, children and amusing incidents between them

Don't see it if you are expecting a major production; don't like Fringe shows.

Funny, Delightful, Sweet

See it if If you like charming one women shows that are vulnerable, kind spirited and relatable

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

Delightful, Edgy, Enchanting, Epic

See it if this was a very moving show . Great acting that is heart felt and moving.

Don't see it if if you don't want to be moved or challenged as a theater goer.

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You want to see Micaela Blei - a totally winning, authentic storyteller, able to make meaning inside and outside the classroom.

Don't see it if You like big, glossy productions or you don't like children. And then quietly mourn the fact that you're missing this wonderful show.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You want a cute story with a great message

Don't see it if You want to see a more serious, flashy production

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy semi autobiographical shows that are funny, touching and relatable

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays in the storytelling format or "personal journey" themes

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Typical fees: $8 - $15 per ticket. Can usually choose your own seats. You can save on fees by buying at the physical box office.

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