Trued on a Base Story: A Cautionary Tale
Written & Performed by John Sadoway
The Opposite of People - Grande Pointe, MB
V.10 - Planetarium 
The Criminal Code of Canada considers it punishable by a 10-year prison term yet popular culture still treats it with raised eyebrows, knowing glances and smirks. In this autobiographical romp, teacher and former CBC reporter John Sadoway explains how one lie led to two careers, three children and countless possibilities. Neither 'fallout' nor 'triumph' can fully capture what happens when a trusted person violates a code. Time may tell, but even 25 years may not be long enough. Teachers and principals welcome.

Cast:
John Sadoway

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $10

Audience:
Parental Guidance
Warnings:Coarse language
Thu July 20 8:30 PM
Fri July 21 3:45 PM
Sun July 23 1:45 PM
Tue July 25 12:00 PM
Wed July 26 9:15 PM
Fri July 28 12:00 PM
Sat July 29 7:15 PM

Dear Jenny,

Apparently a review of mine has upset one performer to the extent he has written at least one other artist to complain. The recipient was at a loss as to what he was expected to do. In discussing this, other performers are of the opinion that they just shrug bad reviews off. Chase Padgett laughingly related the story of the 2 star CBC review he received for his stellar, sellout 6 Guitars. Considering the performer repeatedly asked the audience to decide if he was a ‘sucker’ or an ‘asshole’, outrage at an answer to his question seems rather puzzling. He also complains I didn’t say whether the play was provoking; when I said just that in my second sentence.After around a thousand plays and over thirty years of reviewing, I’m not going to be afraid to express my opinion now.

Lisa Campbell


Dear Jenny,

Having read Ms. Campbell’s review submitted to the Jenny Revue about the life experience’s depicted in my show, “Trued on a Base Story: A Cautionary Tale”, I was somewhat disappointed that she chose to review the experiences themselves rather than the show about them. I was rather hoping to receive some comment on how effective or not the presentation was, how provoking perhaps, or how the production succeeded or failed in achieving its goals.

Choosing to attack me instead of my performance does little to help my production improve, and little to help fellow fringe-goer’s decide what to see, which I have always thought was the goal of any review: ask what a show aims for, and evaluate how close it comes to the mark.

Speaking from several years experience as a CBC Fringe reviewer myself, I know it’s a difficult task, especially when the subject material touches close to one’s heart, as mine obviously did in Ms. Campbell’s case. I should hope she is aware that, when it comes to beating me up emotionally, she will have to train up quite significantly before she reaches my weight class. Nevertheless, I do invite others to come to evaluate the show, rather than the experience I lived, since I can do nothing about the latter, but seek to make the former as entertaining and effective as possible.

Sincerely,
John Sadoway


Trued on a Base Story: A Cautionary Tale

The Opposite of People—Planetarium

If this is a true story, this is the first time I have despised a performer for his lack of decency. If this is meant to provoke, inspire a strong reaction, it has succeeded in spades. The program specifically invites teachers and principals; and having spent most of my life in that field, it piqued my interest. He starts by saying he is a sucker, and an asshole. If what he relates is true, I heartily agree with the second. His story of being groomed and seduced by his serial pedophile teacher, whom he goes on to father three children with, and commit bigamy is a crass one. He claims to have been in charge of the child care while his wife was off molesting another student on her famous screw and canoe trips. He goes on to become a teacher, among other things. Yet when he encounters the six year old a few years later, he lets her call excitedly out to him seven times; knowing he will choose to ignore her dwindling entreaties. If it is a true story he is the kind of parent my circle cannot abide. The kind of person who breaks a bond with the children he has raised and abandons them without a care, is not someone worthy of respect. The children were not well served by either parent and must have felt so unwanted. The long lasting sense of worthlessness and ensuing inability to trust take years of therapy to begin to heal, if ever. I was taught birth control in elementary school. These two teachers seem to have missed that class.

Lisa Campbell