SDT Productions presents a comedic telling of the fun and crazy roller coaster to becoming a teacher, working as a teacher and staying a teacher in this day and age.
Should you see it?
We’ve all made jokes about how easy teachers have it. They get summers and Christmas off. They get PD days and get to work with kids! How hard can that be? I know I’ve made the mistake of thinking teaching is an easy profession time and time again. But is that really true?
Alexander Gibson gives a great performance as a new teacher in a grade 2 elementary french class. Through spoken word, playing different characters, juggling and, yes, even rapping, he leads us on a journey of becoming a new teacher and weighing the decision to continue or quit. I never thought the trials and tribulations of teaching could be so entertaining.
This is the first one-man comedic show I’ve enjoyed this much. It was a well written, clever and funny show performed by a strong actor who is so obviously passionate about teaching and using the arts to tell a story worth listening to. Always engaging and informative, real and yet entertaining, not a moment passed in which I felt the need to force myself to listen and stay attentive. I believe Portable #3 is not just another show and is definitely worth seeing.
One mark of a good Fringe show is how quickly I rush to Google-stalk its creators once I get home. No, not because they’re good looking (although that doesn’t hurt). I search because I want to see them in more shows, like, right now! My fingers typed away almost instantly after seeing Portable #3.
Did you know that Sandy Gibson, the actor in this one-man show, is (or was?) also a student of Second City in Toronto? It shows. His comedy is goofy and unique and just plain hysterical. From riffing off The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme, to impersonating his mother, Mr. Gibson had me in stitches for most of the show. I laughed so hard I cried. And you know those obnoxious people who clap while they laugh, because it’s just so funny it deserves applause too? Yep, I was that person last night too.
But Portable #3 isn’t all about the lolz (as the kids say). It’s also about heart. It’s about not giving up despite how hard something is (or how tired you are after long days prepping for classes, teaching classes, talking to parents, marking papers, rinse and repeat). It’s about following your dreams and, more importantly, finding your passion and sharing it with the world. It’s about learning from mistakes and growing and becoming the best darn teacher you can be.
J’ai beaucoup aimé le cours Franglais de M. Gibson et j’aimerais bien le revoir en Ottawa bientôt!
What did you think of Portable #3? Did SDT’s production make you re-think your judgement on teaching as a profession? What was news to you about it? Let me know in the comments below!
For more information about Portable #3, including show times and how to buy advance tickets, check out the show page on ottawafringe.com: http://ottawafringe.com/tickets/portable-3-not-just-another-french-class/