The Cracker Jack

solo performance · mike rad · Ages 15+ · family friendly · world premiere · one person show · United States

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GABRIELLE HORCHLER certified reviewer · June 09, 2014
A beautiful story of admiration and inspiration, told through the eyes of a child. The boy's fascination with his uncle is something a lot of us have felt for our relatives and role models, but perhaps haven't put into words- something this show has done so well! It was a treat to go back in time with the show's multi-media visuals and music. A one man show, Mike Rad's performance was truthful and moving. Not to mention the many hats Rad also wore as writer and producer! I highly recommend you see this delightful piece of art. ... full review

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MICHAEL BETTIS certified reviewer · June 26, 2014
tagged as: Mike Rad · amazing
Mike Rad nails this heart felt performance. You can actually feel his emotions with every story he tells. A must see if you haven't already.... full review

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SANDRA WILLIAMS certified reviewer · June 16, 2014
A very intimate play about the close relationship between a man and his uncle. It was great the learn a little bit about shipping but mainly to hear about the bond between two family members. Mike Rad is an excellent storyteller.... full review

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HAYTHUM DOUKHA certified reviewer · June 16, 2014
tagged as: inspiration · family
The Cracker Jack, a must see! Mike tells the inspiring story of his uncle Jimmy, a formidable yet loving, boat captain, who immigrated to the US seeking success and worked hard all his life to achieve it. A Fringe hit for sure.... full review

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BRENDAN WEINHOLD certified reviewer · June 16, 2014
tagged as: heartfelt
Mike Rad clearly loves the people in his family. If you want to see someone talk with love about the people who are important to them, check him out!... full review

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G DOUGLAS · June 16, 2014
tagged as: heart and soul
Mike Rad delivers a personal, sweet, loving tribute to his very special Ship Captain Uncle who left a lasting, profound impression that resonates today. Get ready to go on a real tug boat journey in this one person show that comes straight from the heart and soul. A Cracker Jack performance by Mike Rad.... full review

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WENDY HAINES certified reviewer · June 28, 2014
Crackerjack is awesome! Told with such genuine presence and poignant vulnerability. A great view of a unique time through a personal lenses that leaves you wanting to know more about all the well drawn characters. ... full review

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BOBBY HOUSER · June 28, 2014
Fantastic display and articulation of a inspired child. Mike Rad's stroll down memory lane did not just show the me what he saw, heard and admired as a young man looking up to his great uncle, it was also a fascinating lesson in history of commerce and blue collar union life and the vital vein around and of the great city of New York post World War Two! Captivating story teller, Mike Rad along with director David Robinson deserve a 5 star applause. A wonderful evening and recommended without reservation. Bobby Houser... full review

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ROBIN MCDONALD · June 29, 2014
This is no one man show ramblings of the difficulties of coming of age - Mike Rad delivers a raw, heart felt, INTERESTING, view of growing up under the gaze of his adoring uncle, a hard lived - no bullshit but beloved tug boat captain of the New York Waterways. The family's immigrant Croatian culture of singing, cooking and story telling is the background for Rad's homage to his (still today), knight in shining armor. You'll leave the theatre with a fondness for not only the galvanic Mike Rad but also for his incomparable Uncle Jimmy.... full review

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KRISTIN JENSEN · June 18, 2014
A well written and well played story about a boy learning valuable life lessons while hanging around his Uncle Jimmy. Heart warming and funny. Wish I could see it again :)... full review

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