The father of relativity has a bone to pick with how he’s been memorialized in pop culture. He’s come back to set the record straight.
Should you see it?
With a swirl of lights, Albert Einstein travels through time to clear up a few things about his legacy. In this one man show, Albert shares the story of his life developing the Theory of Relativity and the sacrifices he made to do so. With a projection screen to illustrate some of the more scientific ideas, this play is about humanizing the iconic figure.
At the beginning of the play, Einstein’s relationship with his first wife Marić is already rocky. His singular focus on physics and the desire to prove his Theory of Relativity comes in the face of much adversary. In addition to his marriage, Albert faces a trying relationship with his parents, the sociopolitical forces of the First World War, and his neglected sons Hans and Eduard. As an on stage character, Einstein does a lot of flirting with the audience by telling jokes to lighten up the serious tone. During the story, however, he’s more of a tragic hero.
In its more dramatic moments, there are some very moving and touching scenes. Jack Fry’s performance was at its best when portraying a powerful scene between Albert and his young son Hans. For those more curious, the play also contains a wealth of information about the life of Albert Einstein. The research done to create this show provides much needed context and understanding to this historical figure.
There are moments that could have been smoothed over, and ultimately the play could have been 20 minutes shorter. Einstein! manages to educate the audience on this enigmatic figure. It’s a fascinating story that takes the audience on a journey through history.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to hear yours. Was Einstein! an illuminating experience? Was it more educational or humorous? Let me know what you thought in the comments.
For more information on Einstein! including show time and how to buy tickets, visit their show page on the Ottawa Fringe Festival website: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/einstein/