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Remember when your college roommate returned from his semester abroad with a lot of mildly amusing anecdotes and a firm conviction that he'd finally come of age? Jonathan Putman's solo piece for Hermit Arts, about his time in Korea teaching English to children, is a lot like that. He seems like a nice enough guy, and his time in Asia was apparently pleasant and without major incident--but that's not much to give an audience. It doesn't help that the show is rather low on witty observation and insight: it may come as a surprise to you, but the language barrier caused minor misunderstandings. Imagine! Worse still, Putman's got slides.

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