What’s it like to care for an aging parent with dimentia? In the beginning, singing snaps Mike’s Mom, Gillie back into reality. The show portrays the deep love of a son’s gentle and compassionate care of his Mom as she descends into the stages of Dementia. They dance together both figuratively and literally as the play takes place both in the reality of their day-to-day life and in Mike’s stage theater mind”. Sometimes calming Gillie, he is her Papa talking to his little daughter Orchid, Gillie’s pet name. Sometimes he’s Sam Spade and sometimes they dance the Tango. It’s a show of parent-child love and the reversal of caregiving from parent to child to child now taking care of parent.
Having lost my own Mother last year, I was moved by their story. A must see for anyone who has been or will be a caretaker for an elderly parent or relative.
The characters Mike and Gillie are portrayed by Xan Scott, who for ten years worked caring for elderly patients and brings her own experience to this role and Kurt Fitzpatrick, a veteran of over fifty festivals who is also in Bromance at this year’s Indy Fringe. Mike and Gillie are girl friend – boyfriend in real life, having met at Frescno and their caring for each other comes across in the play.
Great script. Well Executed. A serious topic done well with a great balance of the realities of Alzheimer’s and humor and playfulness to keep the audience entranced.
Find the show at Musicians Union Hall, the furthest south Indy Fringe location. New this year, just west of Massachusetts on Delaware.