By Laura Force Scruggs
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Blue Venue
When you settle in for a one woman show based on an older male relative, you know it’s just a matter of time before the abuse stories come pouring out. But that never happens here, this grandpa seems to generate nothing but loving moments and adventures aimed at 5 year olds. Scruggs show us family pictures of Grandpa and her family, they’re black and white or Instagram faded color, but these are no products of hipster software, they’ve aged properly in shoe boxes tucking closets and attics. Her ancestors look like mine, natty men in fedoras and women in print house dresses, perched on front porches or proudly polishing new cars. Scruggs is a breathtakingly fresh story teller; I’ve heard enough abuse tales in this business to last a life time. And her grandfather looks like a real ladies man, ready to fluster bank tellers and checkout clerks all over town.
This production is part of the 2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Information on tickets and show times may be found at http://OrlandoFringe.org/