Shadley could just as easily be telling you his story at a bar or on a plane trip as he does from the stage. He doesn’t come across as ‘stagey’, but more conversational with just the right mix of dry, dark humor and pathos. He’s a great and engaging storyteller!
What I didn't like
I would have liked to hear Shadley speak in the ‘voice’ of his dad. His illustrations were a great visual component, but some photos of Shadley through the years would have been a nice touch.
My overall impression
What Shadley Grei has experienced in his life would crush the souls of most people. But Shadley made it through the fire with his soul very much intact to share his story of abandonment, longing, reunion, and ultimately, rejection. His candidness is brave and inspiring. He wields dark humor like a weapon. You will laugh. Your heart will break. You will recognize your own family’s dysfunction. You will laugh some more. And you will want to give Shadley a great big hug. What doesn’t kill you makes you a weirdo with moxie!