STORY WRITTEN BY BOB KEELER
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SOUDERTON >> The blurb describes “Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?” as “hilarious and heartfelt,” and says it has “storytelling, stand-up comedy, personal testimonies, one-liners, improvisation, audience interaction … and even rap music!”
Tony Braithwaite, who wrote and stars in the one-man show running July 23 through Aug. 2 at Montgomery Theater, puts it a little different.
“It’s sort of ‘Dead Poets Society’ meets ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ meets ‘Saturday Night Live,’” he said.
The show is based on Braithwaite’s 12 years of teaching freshmen high school boys at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, Braithwaite’s alma mater.
“I taught religion and sex ed, or as I always called it, surf and turf,” Braithwaite said, quoting a line from the show.
During the time he was teaching, he collected the often humorous things students said or wrote in answer to test questions.
“I said I’ve got to put this all in a show some day,” Braithwaite said. “That day was two years ago.”
In 2013, Braithwaite performed the show at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, where he is artistic director, then reprised it again there last year. This is the first time he is doing it at Montgomery Theater on Main Street in Souderton.
Along with the scripted material, the show also includes having audience members fill out cards as they enter the theater, asking questions about sexual matters, he said. During the show, he pulls some of the cards at random from a bowl and answers the questions, he said.
Questions asked are a mixture — some serious and some that appear to be designed as a set up for jokes, he said. While much of the show is humorous, not all of it is, he said.
“I would say it’s 90 percent comedy and then there are times when it does get poignant,” Braithwaite said.
A video preview is posted on Montgomery Theater’s Facebook page. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 23 and 30; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, July 24, 25 and 31 and Aug. 1; and 3 p.m. Sundays, July 26 and Aug. 2. Tickets and information are available at www.montgomerytheater.org or by calling 215-723-9984.
Braithwaite, a three-time Barrymore Award winner who was a finalist for the role of Chandler, portrayed by Matthew Perry on the hit television show “Friends,” has appeared in several productions at Montgomery Theater, most recently in last year’s “A Thousand Clowns,” which Braithwaite also directed.