Alan Aymie’s Outstanding One Man Show, “A Child Left Behind”
At The Theatre with Audrey Linden
“Excellence” is the one word I would use to describe Alan Aymie’s highly energetic and dynamic one-man show. Aymie has been a teacher with LAUSD for some eleven years. He has a strong background in writing and acting and it shows! He developed this show in KTC’s INKubator series program, and it is definitely ready for prime time. In this sensitive show, Aymie not only re-lives the frustrations of a displaced teacher, he shows us his dilemma as a parent to a five year old son who has Asperger’s. He whips in and out of scenes with his students into scenes with his son. Energy! He works with lightning speed. I only wish he would have given the audience time to digest some of the action. There needed to be places for reflection. The pacing was frenetic throughout the show and I was worn out. Aymie certainly is a dynamic wonder, but a few well-placed lulls for catharsis and a change of pace would have helped the over-all structure. There was so much packed into the hour and a half show, I just did not get to digest it all.