By Herb Rubinstein

They Call Me Mr. Fry is a play about the trials, tribulations, triumphs, and failures of a fifth grade school teacher in South Central Los Angeles.  Jack Freiberger takes well-deserved digs at the infamous and often dyslectic Los Angeles Unified School District.  Taken from the personal experiences of Mr. Freiberger encounters as a frontline teacher.

This is a solo performance.  Mr. Freiberger adroitly portrays a vast array of characters. The Hispanic wanna be gang member who is constantly disrupting the class: as the story unfolds, we learn more of the tragic circumstances of this child’s life.  The young black girl who is constantly chewing make-believe gum and who longs to write poetry and have a father.  The overbearing school principal, the veteran teacher who espouses Germanic discipline… the list goes on.

Mr. Fry has an alter ego in King Arthur who appears from time to time to guide him through the rough spots.

Solo performance is difficult to pull off, but Mr. Freiberger does it with style.  He has a marvelous stage voice and tells a story that is as fascinating as it is timely. Director Mark W. Travis has been instrumental in bringing one-man shows to the LA stage.  He kept the show moving at a good pace and the choice of material was excellent.

They Call Me Mr. Fry is a very good look at modern American education today and an entertaining evening.