The Old Woman

solo performance · john grady · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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#seeitla · bittersweet · dementia · funny · masterful performance · memory · moving · storyteller · vinegar
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BILL RATNER certified reviewer · June 15, 2016
Master storyteller John Grady goes way beyond what you'd expect from a solo hour. A brilliant meditation on dogs, snakes, aging, and losing your mind. I laughed, didn't even try to hide my tears, and was deeply touched. ... full review

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ALEX KNOX certified reviewer · June 16, 2016
John is a master of storytelling, dance, and movement, and he's in his element in this show. You'll be hard pressed to find another solo show of this caliber at the fringe festival - or anywhere else.... full review

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MINDY PFEIFFER certified reviewer · June 16, 2016
A must see production, don't miss this one. The hour sped by, as I was mesmerized by the performance in front of me!... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 19, 2016
The Old Woman was exquisite, moving, and perfectly executed ... Bravo ... ... full review

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BOB LEGGETT indie voice blog · June 17, 2016
A tour du force performance by a masterful storyteller. One of the best shows at HFF16. Don't miss it!!!... full review

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MAGGIE MCCOLLESTER certified reviewer · June 15, 2016
Breathtaking storytelling showcasing the depth of Grady's many talents; he's got as limber a tongue as a body. Magnificent! ... full review

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DANIEL FAIGIN certified reviewer · June 19, 2016
Very, very touching. Full writeup at http://cahighways.org/wordpress/?p=11690... full review

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KAT MICHELS · June 23, 2016
“The Old Woman” is a melancholy story of one son’s experiences in helping to care for a mother with dementia. Writer and performer John Grady couches this show in the framework of telling stories. His own stories, the stories of his mother - we hear the recording of his mother at the beginning of the show and later find out that Grady recorded his mother telling stories from her life - and even the recital of an old Irish bedtime story called “The Old Woman.” This piece poses more questions than it answers, but in an intentional way to spark thought. ‘Do the drugs we take make us better, or are they actually to blame for making us sicker?’ was particularly poignant. Grady is able to infuse some comedy into the beginning of the piece, but as ... full review

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