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The Old Woman
Written and performed by John Grady/Storytelling/Venue 7: Fairfield Hall (1303 Fairfield)
This was a true word-of-mouth pick. This show was totally under my radar but I’ve heard from several people from Sam Mullins to Megan, our amazing volunteer coordinator, that we must go see John Grady, and boy, am I glad I went. I’ve obviously been living under the rock. He’s starred in off Broadway show, The Moth, been in the Blue Man Group, and numerous TV shows.
This was the hands down the best show I’ve seen this year so far. He’s just…in a whole different level.
It’s John’s turn to take care of his mom at assisted living facility. He is out of work except for dog walking gig. The story starts at a part where he is walking the dogs in a park in LA. My very first impression was, “Oh, he talks fast.” But don’t worry, it’s part of the show. He knows what he’s doing.
It’s a mix of real stories, musings, internal thoughts and a fairy tale. His writing is phenomenal, it’s almost tangible. It made me want to put my hands out and hug them. (“Meow meow, Gracie.”) His move is impeccable and breathtaking. It’s a little sad and you might even call it dark…but there is plenty of funny parts and most importantly, heartbreakingly, stunningly beautiful. He is a master and a pro. Well worth more than $11. I couldn’t believe it. I’m so grateful to have seen this show. If you don’t go see it, you are missing out.
Only two more shows left!
Saturday, September 5 – 2:15pm
Sunday, September 6 – 2:15pm
Other show notes I’ve written from 2015 Fringe: