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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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