Einstein Comes Through Review – Moral Relativity At Play?

Jake Broder as Einstein photo by Aaron Rumley
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Review By Kathy Carpenter

Jake Broder as Einstein photo by Aaron Rumley

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created  them.” – Albert Einstein

North Coast Repertory Theatre continues it’s “Theatre to film” streaming with one man show, “Einstein Comes Through”.  Written by David Ellenstein & Marc Silver, it is directed by Davie Ellenstein and  Stars Jake Broder.

The art of performing a one man show takes a special talent as one takes on the role of several characters throughout a show. Jake Broder was a Rockstar. Taking on Hank, an ordinary man, his wife, and Einstein.  His Einstein was a masterpiece. Each role revealed distinguishing characteristics that demonstrated his mastery.

Jake Broder as Hank photo by Aaron RumleyEinstein

The story takes place in the fifties or sixties circa living area. There is a huge photo of Albert Einstein on the wall. This is the home of a man called Hank. Hank is a little off the grid. Living in his own head, he is an actor, who has been portraying Einstein and has a great love of the man.  The play is noisy because timers of different kinds go off at various times.  As Hank, he documents  his recollections of his past in a journal, and so bits and pieces of his life unfold.

Photo courtesy of North Coast Repertory Theatre

Einstein emerges In between some of the timers. It’s at these times Broders’ acting shines.  I loved his Einstein. My favorite part of the show was done with the magic of a file.  It bounces back and forth between Hank and Einstein like they are having a conversation. This was a truly exceptional piece of work.

Einstein Comes Through is definitely worth your time. Reserve your ticket now and keep theatre alive.

Jake Broder as Einstein photo by Aaron Rumley

North Coast Repertory Theatre

Streaming April 28 – May 23, 2021

Jake Broder as Einstein photo by Aaron Rumley

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