Orlando Baxter is the big brother and ideal teacher every kid would wish to have: kind, charming and absolutely hilarious. He easily talks to the audience and tells some of the special episodes that happened in his teaching career.
As we sit down and the show starts, it's immediately clear that a relaxed atmosphere will dominate. Listening to him is similar to listen to a friend. His humour is not artificially constructed or complicated, it sounds genuine and very pleasant. He talks in a calm and charming way about what happened when he was teaching to difficult kids.
He is able to tell engaging episodes, while transforming potentially difficult situations in hilarious moments. We follow him closely in the description of the school where he worked in Massachusetts. It was a difficult place to grow up; racism, poverty and drugs are in the lives of students from the very first day. Find a figure like Orlando is like finding a gem for those kids: a point of reference and a valuable teacher.
Spending an hour listening to Orlando is not only very enjoyable, but he reminds us how kids have an incredible sense of humour. Being a teacher can be extremely funny. You witness moments that you will never forget and often kids teach you the most important lessons.
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Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations is showing at 19,00 in the Pleasance Courtyard (Aug 10-14. 16-29).