Part of FringeNYC: I'm not Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Welcome to Community College. From LA to Brooklyn, meet my real students as I teach them in 12 weeks what they should have learned in the past 12 years. You won't be quizzed. More…
Categories: Solo Show, Comedy, Local. From YoMiss Productions. Written by Ronna Levy. Directed by Tyler Spicer.
FROM THE ARTIST:
I'm not Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Welcome to Community College. From LA to Brooklyn, meet my real students as I teach them in 12 weeks what they should have learned in the past 12 years. You won't be quizzed.
"Levy’s delivery is slow and deliberate, as she manifests her disappointments and frustrations, then begins to recognize her newfound skill...An engaging and illuminating self-portrait about finding one’s true calling in the most unexpected of places. It also represents a happy fulfillment of Levy’s dream of becoming a successful actress–as well as a playwright, and an affecting teacher. That’s a win/win/win—not just for her, but for her students and audiences as well." Full Review
"The 'moral' seems to be that it's the students who are the ones who really make a difference in the teacher’s life. But, as with so many clichés, there is truth to this: teaching and helping others can be rewarding. What’s harder to swallow is that Levy is doing a show about how she has found her true calling in teaching and no longer needs to act, a truth she communicates by, well, acting. Then again, perhaps Levy has found a way to have her cake and eat it too." Full Review
See it if You want to experience a perfectly nuanced delivery. You like stories about teachers finding themselves at the same time as their students.
Don't see it if You want to explore the social/political impact of systems-bias in this country and how that relates to college access.
See it if you want to know how a teacher feels about teaching at a Community College, diversity of students teaches the teacher as well as vice versa
Don't see it if one person shows make you hesitant- (don't be this is a solid one)
See it if to explore remedial education against overwhelming odds faced by the poor and marginalized; if the occasional success story inspires you.
Don't see it if you're too suspicious of a white woman's take on problems of people of color and of recent immigrants...oh, see it anyway.
See it if you enjoy shows about life journeys or just want to learn something about a continuing issue in education
Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it--unless you absolutely have not interest in the subject matter.