The Life and Times of A Einstein Review - A Comedy

The Life and Times of A. Einstein, a one woman show written and performed by Kres Merksy at Theatre West (3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West) is both hilarious, heart warming and informative.  This comedy about a day in the life of Albert Einstein, as seen through the eyes of his secretary, is meant for an older audience, one who can appreciate the man and his history. 

Einstein: Kres Mersky (Ellen) celebrating his birthday



In this wonderful work of historical fiction, we are drawn to Princeton, 1934. Einstein has fled the Nazis and arrived safely from Berlin.  We learn from Ellen many of the stories of him and his colleagues and the life that they had to leave behind.  

As Einstein’s secretary, she also shoots and acts as a bodyguard, too.  Ellen tries shielding him from the press on his very special birthday.  The great man has, like many scientists, a disregard of time and is running late, for which Ellen has to continually apologize.  In fact, we never meet Mr. Einstein but we know a lot about him as she tells the press many funny stories of her life with the originator of the Relativity theory.  In fact, she tries to explain it to the press (audience) in a simplified yet hysterical way, putting her own spin on answers she feels are too personal for Mr. Einstein to deal with.  

Einstein: Kres Mersky


She gives us some of his favorite quotes “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.””Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” The theorists will enjoy this one, “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” My favorite is “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”  

A jewel of an actress, Ms. Mersky knows exactly how to interact with the audience and bring them into the moment.  She has done other successful solo plays as Isadora Duncan: A Unique Recital and “ At the Codfish Ball.”  Her full length, full cast plays include Algerian Romance and Flag Day.  Belonging to the Dramatist’s Guild and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playrights, Ms. Mersky has appeared on numerous stages, as well as screens and television.  

Einstein: Kres Mersky addressing the press


Produced by Jill Jones in association with We Happy Few Productions, the play is directed by Paul Gersten.  Stage manager was Courtney Webb, Lighting designer, Yancey Dunham and costume was by J. K. Allen.  Poster graphics were by Charlie Mount.  

Einstein: Kres Mersky


The play runs from April 10th through May 16th – Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm.  General admission is $18 with a premium price for the first four rows.  Seniors, veterans, and current military are discounted.

For more information call 323 851 7977 or www.theatrewest.org
 (There is free parking in the lot across the street.)


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