solo performance · lean dog mean dog productions · Ages 10+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show
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June 18, 2018 certified reviewer

What I liked

Listening to Literacy in one great big hour-long gulp, almost unknown in this day of the “sound bite”—-though Ingersoll could have provided plenty of those tidbits too!

What I didn't like

If only they’d turned on the ceiling fan at the rear of the set! !!! It was sweltering, and the show is OVER an hour long!

My overall impression

Even with 379 or so competitors, Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899), as inhabited by Ernest Kearney, is clearly The Wittiest and Most Literate Star of this year’s Fringe! This isn’t the first time Mr Kearney has excavated History to recreate an unjustly forgotten giant of the mind, and it (hopefully) won’t be the last. This is certainly The Best, though—-or, at least, the hardest to top! An Hour (and then some) with Robert Ingersoll will introduce you to a literate contrary thinker of a century ago, from a time when public speaking was its own art form—-and Mr Kearney, Ingersoll’s interpreter, is a master of that, too!

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