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“Big Dummy: me & my old man” at the New York International Fringe Festival at the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre

“Big Dummy: me & my old man” at the New York International Fringe Festival at the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre
Written and Performed by Mary Dimino
Directed by Christine Renee Miller
Reviewed by Joseph Verlezza
Theatre Reviews Limited

“Big Dummy: me & my old man” is a solo piece written and performed by Mary Dimino, with an honest and sincere look at her ever changing relationship with her father, along her journey through adolescence to becoming a successful comedian. The concept and subject has become a staple on the Fringe circuit but what sets this show apart is the writing and the execution which is exceptional: this is a well structured, fluid monologue. There might be some minor flaws when sugar and sentiment ooze into the script but it is certainly easy to swallow and it does not deter from the overall affect and power of the piece.

First and foremost is that from the moment Ms. Dimino appears on the stage you like her, and then she becomes your friend, sometimes telling but mostly sharing her revelations and experience. “Big Dummy” sports a full cast of characters, each vividly portrayed by the talented, confident and animated solo performer with skill and dexterity. You laugh and smile with recognition and sometimes feel a tear about to trickle down your cheek as her story unfolds. This is not the time to relinquish solo shows: treat yourself and spend some time with this remarkable actor and comedian. I am sure you will go home with a new friend.

BIG DUMMY: ME & MY OLD MAN

“Big Dummy: me & my old man” is presented by The New York International Fringe Festival and The Present Company at the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street (West 3rd and Bleecker).

All performances of “Big Dummy: me & my old man” take place at on the following schedule: Tuesday August 20th at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday August 24th at 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday August 25th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18.00 at the door and $15.00 for advance purchase. The running time is 1 hour and 19 minutes. For more information about the show and the cast and creative team, please visit www.big-dummy.com For more information about the 17th Annual New York Fringe Festival visit www.FringeNYC.org.
0 Comments | Add Comment | Permalink | Posted by David Roberts on Monday, August 19, 2013